In first grade, we proudly use the Harcourt School Publishers Curriculum, a leader in education for more than 75 years, for the Language Arts and Math core subjects. Each lesson is complete with advanced, on- level and struggling levels to meet the unique needs of each child. All material follows the California Common Core Standards, which are the standards that every California public school is required to adhere to.
The year begins with a basic review of Kindergarten material then swiftly progresses to learning to read words with short vowel sounds. Children build the foundations of basic reading with daily group and individual reading sessions. Because of the small student to teacher ratio, the teacher can work closely with the students and assess each student on an individual basis. Writing skills are taught from the first day where the students learn basic sentence structure. By mid-year students are writing descriptive sentences and learning long vowel sounds and digraphs. In addition to the basic reading and writing curriculum, each month the students are assigned a book report on various subjects based on the theme for that lesson. Students respond to basic comprehension questions about their book and then present their reports to the class. Examples of some book reports are shown below. Above and beyond the basic Language Arts and core material, public speaking skills and strategies are also introduced and implemented in the daily class activities. A child’s confidence is beginning to take shape during the first years of school and with that, SABA Academy finds that implementing these skills at a young age can greatly attribute to the success of our children as future leaders of the next generation of Muslims.
The Math curriculum begins with number sense to 20 and learning to write addition and subtraction sentences. By mid-year, the students lean data and graphing skills including comparing and ordering numbers and identifying number patterns. Also, geometry and counting money is learned. By the end of the year, first graders will with ease add and subtract numbers to 20 and eventually have the ability to add and subtract 2 digit numbers.
Finally, SABA Academy uses the FOSS Science curriculum, which is a hands-on way for children to learn about science. The year begins with the Air and Weather module. In this module students become familiar with the properties of air and objects that are affected by it. Then, in the weather module, the students become familiar with weather and in the process, make different devices to help predict and interpret weather patterns. Finally, the kit moves to the Solids and Liquids module in which the students learn about their various properties by manipulating different solids and liquids in the classroom.