What to Expect in 1st
“Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these.” Mark 10:14
Bible: Students are introduced to the pattern of creation, fall, redemption, and restoration within the Bible and our world. They study Bible stories rich in characters and events that show God’s glory and goodness. Students also learn Red Star scripture passages and recite them for memory.
History: Students are introduced to Texas symbols, Spanish and French explorers, Spanish missions, and Texas Independence. Our studies culminate with a Texas Independence Day performance and celebration in the spring.
Reading: Students learn to read through daily phonics lessons and practicing reading using leveled books. Teachers incorporate read alouds and shared reading to model and teach good reading and comprehension skills and incorporate classic literature during small and large group instruction. Students are exposed to many genres, including fiction, fairy tales, myths, non-fiction, and poetry.
Language/Writing: Students continue to practice handwriting and spelling. They are introduced to grammar concepts, beginning sentence structure, and the writing process.
Science: Students participate in hands-on experiments to study the properties of water, the water cycle, plants, animals, and sound.
Math: Students use models to manipulate numbers up to 100; compare and order items; use the order, grouping, and zero properties to develop addition and subtraction fact strategies; add and subtract up to two digit numbers with and without regrouping; and use mental math strategies to add and subtract. They learn to tell time, use a calendar, add equal groups to introduce multiplication, explore plane and solid shapes, and collect and organize data using tally charts, pictures, and bar graphs.
Music: Students participate in singing and movement to learn fundamentals of music, study composers and different styles of music, and perform in school programs.
Spanish: Students learn practical and developmentally-appropriate Spanish. They listen to books and Bible stories in Spanish. Students memorize Bible verses and study Spanish-speaking countries and their cultures.
Art: Students study various artists and different cultures, as well as the elements of art and principles of design, while exploring different types of media and techniques to create their artwork. They focus on Native American civilization, plants, and animals.
Technology: Our portable iPad cart travels to each classroom weekly. Students participate in developmentally-appropriate activities that are integrated with classroom studies.
Physical Education: Students have P.E. each week. They learn the basics of a myriad of sports and engage in activities that promote character and being a team player.
Library: Students visit the library weekly.
Chapel: Our vision is to transform new generations of students who use their minds, hearts, hands, and feet to be culture makers for Jesus Christ. We focus on developing winsome Christian character and strong biblical knowledge.
Recess: Students have daily outdoor recess.
Makerspace: Makerspace encourages children to use their imaginations along with aspects of STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math) to invent, produce, craft, and construct, in order to create things and develop problem-solving skills.
Special events include Thankful for Dads, Mother’s Day celebration, and singing at Hill Country’s annual fine arts event, “An Evening of Truth, Beauty, and Goodness.” Students also participate in service projects such as a visit to a nursing home and Operation Christmas Child.
Our field studies enrich the curriculum and may include visiting the Austin Nature and Science Center and the State Capitol.