First grade at FVCA is very busy! Our primary focus throughout the year is on reading, writing, and math. The reading program has a strong focus on phonemic awareness, phonics, reading strategies, comprehension, and fluency. It is a balanced approach with many hands-on activities related to reading and writing. Guided reading is incorporated to provide motivation for all readers. In first grade there can be many different levels of readers, so a more individualized approach helps readers to progress at a pace that they feel comfortable with. This allows students to enjoy reading and not feel overwhelmed. We focus on various units in Bible, science, and social studies that are part of our reading, writing, and math program.