Students learn to manage themselves and work independently.
Our goal is to teach students strategies to use in their daily lives to successfully solve problems and build positive peer relationships. We have organized lessons, including daily Morning Meetings, and teach and model examples of mindfulness. Students are encouraged to use these routines in their daily interactions throughout the school and beyond their FH experiences.
Grade 1 is packed with essential and exciting transitions as students leave behind much of the play of Preschool and Kindergarten and begin to dive deep into academic skills. Students will go through a significant shift to more extensive learning. Our exploration of Science, Math, Reading, Writing, and Social Studies is complemented by rotating special subjects such as Learning and Design, Spanish, Music, Physical Education, and Visual Arts.
DURING THEIR TIME IN FAR HILLS COUNTRY DAY SCHOOL'S GRADE 1, YOUR CHILD WILL......CONTINUE TO BUILD UPON THEIR FOUNDATIONAL SKILLS.
Grade 1 students use a routine that guides them to see, say, spell, and write the words they’re studying. They have ample opportunities to apply what they have learned during independent practice and small group activities.
...GAIN AWARENESS OF COMMUNITIES.
Through thoughtfully planned Social Studies lessons, Grade 1 students learn about how individuals in our classroom, school, neighborhoods, and world communities are dependent upon one another.
...EXPAND THEIR MATHEMATICAL THINKING.
Grade 1 students use a variety of tools and strategies to solve math problems in their daily lives.
...GAIN SOCIAL SKILLS.
Grade 1 students are taught skills that enable them to problem-solve successfully and build positive peer relationships.
The Grade 1 Play
Students are actors in this signature project that enables them to work collaboratively to perform as an ensemble in front of a rapt audience of their parents and peers.
The First Grade Play integrates the music and performing arts curricula by learning and performing various songs and dances. Students practice public speaking and perform for the first time, as a class, on the Performing Arts Center stage.
The Grade 1 Expo
The Grade 1 Expo focuses on a cross-curricular deep dive into a continent that includes Art, Science, Social Studies, Writing, Research, and Learning and Design. During the project, Grade 1 students learn about the biomes, landmarks, animals, and peoples of the continent. Grade 1 students:
- create a topographical map that shows the different biomes and landmarks;
- apply that knowledge of mapping (including such things as a title, compass rose, and map key);
- research continent-specific animals using books, articles, and websites;
- create a thinking map to organize their notes;
- use the thinking map to write a mini research paper that includes a title page and illustrations;
- use a variety of mediums to create their animals;
- use materials to make their habitat; and
- present their topographical maps and research to their families.