Indian Rocks First Grade Program

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Welcome to First Grade!

Karen Weller

First grade is the foundational year for learning how to read and comprehend both fiction and informational text. Through carefully chosen standards that reflect the K-12 model of Indian Rocks Christian School, students gain important skills that can be applied to all subject areas. Reading, spelling, math, language, social studies, science and Bible are the building blocks for future academic success. In addition to core subjects, special instruction in art, music, library, physical education and foreign language provide a well-rounded program. Solid curriculum enhanced with engaging hands-on activities reflect a Biblical worldview that identifies God as the source of all knowledge, truth, and understanding. First grade teachers strive to develop each student’s gifts and abilities in an atmosphere of genuine love and safety.

Core Subject Areas

English Language Arts

Our English Language Arts program is based on five essential components of Reading-Phonemic Awareness, Phonics, Fluency, Comprehension and Vocabulary.  STAR reader tests and AR quizzes help build reading and comprehension while challenging students to improve! Writing focuses on proper handwriting as well as grammar and creative writing.  Personal narratives, descriptive writings, and reports reflect proper grammar and sentence structure taught during engaging lessons.  Spelling patterns flow from short vowels, to long vowels, to blends and more!


Our math curriculum consists of Addition and Subtraction automaticity, Time and Measurement, Place Value, Fractions, Geometry, Double Digit Addition and Subtraction and Real Life Word Problems.  Students are measured against standards and differentiated instruction is given during small group guided math lessons. 


STEM activities are incorporated into our weekly lessons, offering opportunities for students to think critically.  Science is integrated with our reading series and includes topics such as Space, Animals, Weather, and Planets.  In addition, Science Weekly, a weekly magazine subscription is included in our curriculum as well. 

Social Studies

Social studies is integrated in our reading curriculum and includes United States Symbols, Maps and Globes, and Community.  Social Studies Weekly is used in the classroom and includes “up-to-date” current events.


Our Bible Curriculum is created to guide students to the understanding that all truth is God’s truth! Building on the Rock curriculum from Summit Ministries is cross-curricular and enables students to practice critical thinking and collaborative skills as well as gain understanding that knowledge is connected.  First grade spends a lot of time in Genesis.

Highlights of the Year

  • Apple Day
  • Pumpkin Day
  • Dr. Seuss Day
  • Lowry Park Zoo
  • First Grade Animal Fair
  • 100th Day Celebration
  • Largo Cultural Center
  • Glazer Children’s Museum

Class Verse:

Philippians 4:13 “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”

Thankful for our STEM Corporate Sponsors
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