First Grade

First Grade Overview


Literature
The Tale of Peter Rabbit
Pelle's New Suit
The Tale of Benjamin Bunny
The Tale of Squirrel Nutkin
The Tale of Mrs. Titlemouse

Reading
Development of the Mental Image
Development of Vocabulary
Phonics
Consonant Blends
Long-Vowel Words
Short-Vowel Words
ce, ci, cy; ge,gi,gy
Reading Sentences
Rhythmic Reading
Answering Comprehension Questions
Identification of the Keyword
Classification of the Keyword
Recalling the Story

Language Arts
Comprehension Techniques
Verb Forms
Who + Doing
Who + Doing + What
Sentence Analysis
Grammar
Nouns
Verbs
Parts of the Sentence
Spelling Using Phonics
Cursive Book I

Arithmetic
Addition
Subtraction
Learning the Pairs
Solving Word Problems
Addition Pattern
Subtraction Pattern
Number Needed Pattern
Time
Money
Measurement

Science
Five Senses
Nature
Animal Groups and their Habitats
Simple Machines
Plants
Technology

History
Famous Americans
Various Cultures
Geography

French (Taught by a Specialist)
Vocabulary
Culture
Poetry
Songs

Music (Taught by a Specialist)
Vocal Singing
Rhythm
Christmas Program

Poetry
Recitations
My First Poetry Book

Drama
Spring Class Play

Art (Taught by a Specialist)
Learning Fine Arts
Art Appreciation

Physical Education (Taught by a Specialist)
Motor Skill Development
Organized Games
Sportsmanship
Teamwork


Ms. Miller


Before beginning her teaching career, Mrs. Miller worked in a local leather store whose owner often shared his passion for his previous career in teaching.   Mrs. Miller was particularly inspired by the love and joy that sparkled whenever he talked of his days as a teacher.  It was that experience that brought her into teaching.

Mrs. Miller holds a BA in African American Studies and her Multiple Subject Teaching Credential from UC Davis.  She began her career teaching the “At Risk Program” at Carpinteria Middle School for 7th and 8th Grades.  Next she taught multiple grade levels for over six years in local Carpinteria public schools and an independent school in Boulder Colorado where she began teaching the Carden Curriculum that is also used at Howard.  “I feel how a professional athlete must feel,” Mrs. Miller says.  “I am doing what I love the most, and what I was put on this earth to do.  I wake up in the morning thinking how much I love my job.”  How does she feel about The Howard School?  “The family feel, support and love between students, parents, teachers, and administration are parallel to none.  The children from preschool through 8th grade not only thrive academically, but they have a solid sense of self-worth, respect for others and a love for their school and peers.”