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Lower School: First Grade

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First graders are ready to focus their openness and curiosity—to read, write, solve problems, build skills, formulate questions and work with others to reach goals. This is an age marked with tremendous growth and change. HUMANITIES

Building literacy skills The development of reading and writing in the first grade is a balance of direct skill-building work with experience-based activities designed for the lessons. Small reading groups allow us to target the needs of individual students. In writing we build foundational skills while exploring genres such as persuasive essays, stories, and biographies. In social studies we explore the concept of community and learn about people who have made a difference, stressing how character strengths are woven into accomplishments. Embedded in this work are community-building activities and field trips.

ARTS AND MUSIC

STEM

Forms of expression

Exploring and problem solving

Learning Experience

Our skill-building arts programs are aligned with our themes of study. Art projects connect to our work on change-makers, and drama highlights character work. Our P.E and movement teachers stress teamwork and direction following.

SPECIAL PROJECT

“One Small Square” ABOVE: Students gather with a teacher in a small reading circle.

Wave Hill Gardens has set aside plots of land for the first grade. Classes hike to their squares to document and learn about the changes and relationships that exist in all levels of nature.

TOP RIGHT: First graders perform in a drama production that is written based on classroom themes.

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In math, our program is a combination of direct skills acquisition activities and larger problem-based challenges. Students study quantity, volume, and measurement and learn how to add, subtract, and group numbers in tens. The first grade actively uses the campus and the woods next to the school as outdoor classrooms for science lessons. Many of our units start with ‘cycles’ such as weather, water, and insects and serve as grounding points for experiments, observations, and documentation.

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The Riverdale Learning Experience (2019)  

The Riverdale learning experience is influenced by many factors: the growing science of how children learn, the role of character strengths...

The Riverdale Learning Experience (2019)  

The Riverdale learning experience is influenced by many factors: the growing science of how children learn, the role of character strengths...