First graders continue to explore and investigate their world on a personal level through a monthly thematic science curriculum. Solids, Liquids, & Gases are creatively presented through cooking and are further developed by literature, reading, writing, social studies, and mathematics. Your child will make connections to the real world by experiencing a walking field trip to the local bakery.
In the science module, Weather, wonderful literature and poetry abounds! Your child will engage in setting up a classroom weather station, monitoring daily changes, and responding with authentic writing activities and connections to mathematics.
In Plants and Animals, students study the growth process of plants and discover ways to propagate new plants, focusing on scientific observations, journaling, and describing. Your child will help create a classroom garden, visit several gardens in his/her community and explore other gardens in the country through literature. The study of different plant and animal habitats will culminate with a visit to the Santa Barbara Zoo.
Throughout the school year, the focus will be on hands-on activities, allowing your child to discover the world around him/her and to develop vocabulary and reading comprehension skills necessary to support learning.