Grades 1 – 4

In these foundational grades, our students continue to grow in the Faith, and to develop the skills and habits they will need to become lifelong learners.  They read increasingly rigorous fiction and nonfiction, and learn to write about what they are learning.  They learn the writing process: brainstorming, planning, drafting, revising, editing, and publishing.

As mathematicians, they develop problem solving skills and persistence, mathematical reasoning and the ability to express this thought process, the ability to model and use mathematical tools, attention to precision, and the habit of looking for pattern and structure.  They learn to count, compare, describe, classify, identify and form patterns, add and subtract, identify shapes and grow to work with area and perimeter, understand and use place value, represent and interpret data, identify and work with fractions and decimals, multiply and divide.  And, of course, they learn their addition and multiplication facts (“times tables”).

Social Studies teach our students about families, now and long ago; communities here and in around the world, and NYS history and government.

In Science, students learn about the earth’s movements, weather, the water cycle, time and distance, conservation, soil, the moon, tides, buoyancy, magnetism, conductivity, energy, forces,  similarities and differences among living things, parts of plants and their function, life cycles, adaptation, endangerment and extinction, populations, environments, and interdependence.

Students also participate in ongoing STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) activities, which also include literacy and the arts.  This deepens their understanding of the content areas, encourages problem-solving and the ability to test an idea and redesign what doesn’t work, and helps to prepare students for the challenges of the future.