Students will learn to recognize patterns of long and short vowels. They will learn about the basic parts of speech, and how to appropriately use punctuation and capitalization. They will learn to write good sentences. They will do a lot of reading, write poems, descriptions, letters, instructions, reports and journals.
In First Grade Armenian, students build their reading, writing and comprehension skills. They are encouraged to express themselves orally at grade level. First graders recognize all the letters and sounds of the Armenian alphabet. In grammar, they identify consonants and vowels. Students learn the rules of capitalization (first letter of the word of a sentence, names of people, places). Also, they learn how to break down one and multiple syllable words. In first grade, students start to write complete sentences and later on short paragraphs. In spelling, students spell short words derived from stories they read in class.
Will include the study of living things and the relationships between them, habitats, and life cycles. We will put special emphasis on marine life and local environment. We will also study weather, seasons, the water cycle and climate. Students will also learn about the states of matter, how they can be changed, and about light, heat, motion and magnets.
Social studies will focus on children learning their place in the community and on the planet, as well as covering some basic aspects of American history and government. They will learn about how their bodies work, good nutrition, good decision making, social development and staying safe in health.
Our program relies on systematic direct instruction in phonics skills combined with modeling and practice of reading strategies so that children move from phonics to literacy.
Students will learn addition, subtraction, simple fractions (halves, thirds and fourths), how to tell time to the half hour, count coins, and make charts and graphs.
ARMENIAN SOCIAL STUDIES
Students learn about important Armenian events and figures such as Mesrob Mashdots, Vartan Mamigonian etc. Once a week, students listen to stories of Armenian folk epics, such as Haig Nahabed, Arudz Meher, Sassoontzy David etc.