LANGUAGE ARTS: small group classes focusing on phonemic awareness, phonics and sight word reading; nonfiction and fiction, plays and poetry for guided reading; listening and reading comprehension; spelling regular and irregular words; D’Nealian handwriting; creative writing.
CREATIVE WRITING: emphasis on writing freely from the imagination and from the inspiration of literature; story structure, sequencing of events and character development; elementary editing of grammar and punctuation.
MATHEMATICS: place value; number relationships and properties to 100; number combinations to 40; creation and solution of story problems; measurement of length, weight, time and money; identification and classification of two- and three-dimensional shapes; organization, representation and comparison of data; creation, description and extension of patterns; introduction to fractions, multiplication and division.
SOCIAL STUDIES: a yearlong study of the five boroughs of New York City with attention to transportation, geography, cultures and landmarks.
SCIENCE: comparative study of human and animal teeth; behavior, anatomical structure and ecology of mollusks; states of matter; the solar system; comparison of seeds and germination; bird anatomy, identification.
MANDARIN: poems, songs and games designed for a playful introduction to oral communication in a language other than English.
RESPECT AND RESPONSIBILITY: continuation of program begun in Kindergarten.
SERVICE LEARNING: engaged in service-learning work through partnerships with Citymeals on Wheels, Harlem Grown, and God’s Love We Deliver; during the MLK Day of Service, girls delivered meals to homebound seniors for Citymeals on Wheels.
HEALTH AND WELLNESS: topics include babies and families, birth of a baby, and celebrations.
LIBRARY: listening to stories, studying authors’ work, reading and re-telling folktales and checking out books.
ART: introduction to the tools, techniques, materials and practices of the art studio. Students learn the basic concepts associated with art-making through a variety of imagination-based projects, including a sequential journey of a dot as it becomes a line, and travels through space.
CRAFTS: continuation of program begun in Kindergarten.
MUSIC: introduction to rhythmic and five-line staff notation; songs sung during the year are collected in a music book that grows through the Lower School years.
PHYSICAL EDUCATION: one FunFit, one dance and three physical education classes per rotation; locomotor and basic sports skills such as throwing, catching and dribbling, and jumping and landing; swimming for one trimester; dance: study of Isadora Duncan and, in conjunction with science program, creating and performing dances about nature.