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First Grade

First Grade is a building block in the strong foundation students will need for continued success at Chapin. It is a time when they begin a major transition in their intellectual growth and they begin to approach the world more logically. This year is a key year in terms of both social and academic growth as well as forming good work habits and attitudes.

First Grade Curriculum Highlights

The first grader is extremely open and eager to learn all she or he can. Curiosity, imagination, and enthusiasm are at their peak at this point in a child’s life. 

Children will travel to Antarctica for an integrated math, language arts, and science units about penguins. They will explore solids and liquids to discover and apply the scientific method. They will learn all about planting corn and different farm animals on a trip to Howell Living History Farm - and then use this knowledge to design and build their own farm in a math unity. 

  • Hands-on, experiential learning and design-process activities are a major component of the curriculum and allow students to explore their different learning styles. 
  • Children explore the world through all of their academic disciplines in our immersive thematic units.
  • Books are a starting point to helping them experience the wonders of the many different topics that interest and tantalize the first grade mind.