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First Grade

1st_grade.jpgOur First Grade program brings new and different experiences to your child. When children are enthusiastic about what is being taught, they learn and become involved. Learning is most meaningful when it is relevant to a child’s life experiences. Therefore we use an integrated theme based approach to teach content and skills.

Although themes may vary from class to class and year to year according to the interests and abilities of the students, particular skills and content remain consistent. Themes allow children to explore skills in reading, writing, listening, speaking, literature, math science, music and art, social studies, health, and technology within a fun meaningful context.

Baldwin Storytelling Program
Our students in kindergarten and first grade participate in storytelling theater where the students are the actors. Storytelling is a powerful medium that helps develop visual imagery skills and is an effective bridge to emergent literacy. Each classroom has their own “stage” where students take turns creating stories and acting them out together. Storytelling builds children’s self-control, fosters cultural appreciation, develops working memory, inspires imagination and encourages children to take risks.