First grade students begin the year with a basic understanding of art concepts and materials. The art curriculum strives to expand on the kindergarten foundation with the further exploration of color theory and the utilization of new materials (in both two and three dimensions). Whenever possible the art curriculum is integrated into the other first grade units.
First grade students continue their exploration of music concepts through singing, moving, listening and playing instruments. They begin to develop their singing voice. They begin to distinguish between a steady beat and the “rhythm of the words” as they read simple rhythm patterns. They also begin studying the shape of music and learn to recognize basic music symbols. We often extend their classroom study of certain concepts and themes through related music activities and songs.
First grade students will continue to develop their locomotor skills. They will work on specific manipulative skills such as throwing, catching, striking, kicking, and volleying. First graders will be introduced to various developmental activities including individual and group games. They will also learn basic muscle groups, the circulatory system and basic health concepts during the Heart Adventure unit. Cooperation with other students will be discussed and practiced through game play and partner activities. First grade students will be introduced to Physical Fitness Testing in the fall and spring.
||ART - 1 DAY PER WEEK, 50 MINUTES|
||MUSIC - 2 DAYS PER WEEK, 25 MINUTES|
||P.E. - 3 DAYS PER WEEK, 25 MINUTES|