First grade is a busy year for Barnard Academy students. Children at this age are always on the move so Britney harnesses their eagerness and energy by engaging them in educational projects and song. During these years, students are working towards greater independence, slowly “taking the training wheels off” as they test their strengths and practice their skills.
First- graders love learning about ancient cultures (particularly the mummies of ancient Egypt), which they normally would not learn about until older grades. They also learn about magnets, life cycles, habitats, the human body systems, the earth, and the states of matter (solid, liquid gas). To learn math, students use the calendar, marking the calendar to track weather and using data to create bar and pie graphs of the temperature over time.
Students in second grade have developed independence and self-assurance. They can work on their own and have begun to develop their own processes for each subject. Students know where necessary materials are in the classroom and seek them out to accomplish their work. If they forget something, they can use the various posters that Jamie papers her walls with to remind them of what to do next.
In English, students develop their own writing voice and use graphic organizers to generate a focus statement and find evidence so that they can write a well-constructed “hamburger” paragraph. Second and third grades bring new cultures to life through food, clothing, art projects, and the study of foreign language phrases. Students work in groups of twos and threes to solve math problems and, when the weather is nice, they learn about the natural world by studying the brook, trees, and ecosystems that surround the school.
A great beginning to the 2016-2017 school year.
Studying Ancient Rome 2013-2014
News and Activities
Last year’s third graders went through many steps to complete a process in which you are about to enjoy. They began by writing their story with paper and pencil and then typed their stories into the Word program. The pictures were created using the Pixie paint program. The images were exported into the document and these final narratives were printed. The final product is a multimedia video that you can view here for your enjoyment. Just click on this link: Narratives
Click this link to view our Ancient Roman calendar.