First Grade Curriculum

Curriculum Overview



  • Chapel Prayer and Rosary
  • Catechesis of the Good Shepherd Program
  • Sadlier, We Believe
  • Students are introduced to living a life of faith by following Jesus' teachings of loving one another and following the Golden Rule.
  • Introduce the seven Sacraments
  • Teaching Mass and Retreats
  • Saint Report and Presentation
  • Integration of Religion into all areas of instruction

Four levels of instruction daily

  • McGraw Hill Reading Wonders ELA/Literacy program aligned to the Common Core ELA Standards
    • Encompasses Vocabulary, Grammar, Spelling, Composition, and Reading Comprehension through fictional, non-fictional, and informational text
    • Exposure to multiple literary skills and genres
  • Increase comprehension skills by using close reading strategies and discussing key details in our Anthology stories.
  • Accelerated Reader Program – Personalized goals for independent reading practice
  • Foster strong phonemic awareness, decoding skills and word recognition using high frequency words.
  • Learn the writing process and integrate correct grammar, punctuation and sentence structure.
  • Library visits

Four levels of instruction daily

  • Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Go Math! digital program
  • Daily Skill Reinforcement with Simple Solutions Common Core Math
  • Mind Institute Spatial-Temporal (ST) Math – supplemental, software games use interactive, graphically-rich animations that visually represent mathematical concepts to improve conceptual understanding and problem-solving skills.
  • Develop and increase number sense and concepts of tens and ones in the place value.
  • Learn addition and subtraction, skip counting by 2's, 5's and 10's, time and measurement, interpreting and using data.
  • Day 100 Celebration


  • People Everywhere
  • Where We Live
  • World of Work
  • Everything Changes
  • Good Citizens


  • Hands-On Experiments and Use of Technology
  • Nutrition and Health
  • STEM Practices
  • NGSS Aligned Curriculum


  • STEM/Creation Lab
  • Art Integrated with Social Studies and Religion
  • Music
  • Physical Education and Health
  • Spanish
  • Technology Integrated across the Curriculum through the 1 : 1 iPad Program
  • Field trips to Heritage Museum and Trabuco Canyon Field Study