Holy Family Cathedral School

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1st Grade

Holy Family Cathedral School recognizes that each child is an unique creation of God.  In cooperation with the parents who are the primary educators, we work to discover and develop the potential God has given each child.

The Religion series, We Believe explains and explores our Catholic faith by providing opportunities for prayer, scripture, liturgy and service.  Units on Advent, Lent, the rosary and the saints enhance the program.  Each year first grade has an Epiphany Party.  Students assemble baskets of baby items that help single moms and participate in community service projects throughout the year.  Many students attend the after school rosary group each week.  Students learn about Catholic values and child safety through using the Benzinger series, Family Life.

Language Arts:  
The Open Court Reading program integrates reading, phonics, handwriting, grammar, writing and spelling.  The five steps of the writing process are introduced to help students become better communicators. Accelerated Reader offers challenges for children to improve comprehension.

The Harcourt Math program develops skills in the following areas:  adding and subtracting, numbers, graphing, money, time, geometry, measurement and fractions.  A supplemental text, Simple Solutions, provides an ongoing review of math concepts to help students retain skills and improve their computation.

Through the Harcourt Science series the students learn investigation skills and how to use Science tools.  Also included are units about matter, plants and animals, and weather.  Literature pertaining to Science and activities are also included throughout the year.

Social Studies
Using the Harcourt text, Reflections: A Child’s View, students understand their place in the world.  Units include rules and laws, neighborhoods and communities and national overview.  Students learn simple economic principles, ecology and natural resources, symbols and traditions of the United States and basic map and graphing skills. 

Field Trips:

  • The Pumpkin Patch
  • Discovery Science Center
  • Theatrical plays
  • Arboretum
  • Heart of Jesus Retreat

Special Events: 

  • Halloween Parade and Penny Carnival
  • Activities with 7th grade buddies
  • Making pumpkin pies
  • Christmas Performance
  • Epiphany Party
  • Special Person's Day
  • Art Masters' Program
  • Traveling Scientist
  • Olympic Day
  • Making soft pretzels during Lent
  • End of the year class picnic