Lower School
First Grade

A first-grade classroom resembles a hive of busy bees. Scan the room and you’re likely to see children playing word games with a partner, others participating in a small-group workshop with the teacher, and some quietly engrossed in a good book. It’s a typical tableau based on a thoughtful curriculum that balances rigor, reason, reflection, respect, and responsibility. 

This year, your child will delve deep into research projects that are interdisciplinary mashups of language arts, science, art, library, and even Bible class. He will create an anthology of poetry and apply math to real-world situations like telling time and counting money. She will consider what she might do if she was President, weighing the benefits and consequences of her decisions. Read-aloud books (not to mention squabbles on the playground) will afford opportunities for your child to absorb important character lessons. Inspired by Peg + Cat: The Race Car Problem, he will collaborate with peers in our Maker Space to build a car out of recycled materials. With so many opportunities to make choices, she will have more agency over her decisions…and not all will go smoothly! These are valuable experiences, too, because they will allow your first grader to forge the important life skills of resilience and self-awareness. And she will be ready for all that comes next. 

 


Avid Readers & Writers

Reading and writing go hand in hand. That’s a maxim our first graders experience every day. Our language arts curriculum skillfully entwines high-quality children’s literature with challenging and engaging writing projects. Each week, your child...

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Master Mathematicians

If you want a child to master math, teach it in a purposeful and playful way. We know that “hands on” is “brains on.” Using Everyday Math as a starting point, students proceed through a...

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Curious Scientists

One of the best parts of first grade? Finally frequenting the Lower School science lab. Every surface of the room is covered in treasures: nests, rocks, bones, honeycombs…. Perhaps nothing fuels our students’ love of...

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Global Citizens

As the world of your first grader expands, Social Studies lessons move beyond family and classroom. Your child will learn about neighborhoods and cities, community leaders and community helpers. She will discover how people marshal...

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Buenos Amigos

First graders participate in Spanish lessons three times a week, learning vocabulary about physical characteristics, clothing, and weather. Your child will dress up for a fashion show and describe her outfit to her class—the articles...

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Inspired Artists

Our fine arts program is designed to introduce young students to all art forms, with an emphasis on process over product in the early grades. But don’t be fooled: Your first grader will produce works...

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Spiritual Learners

A foundation in faith offers kids a framework for making good decisions, and it gives them hope and resilience when the going gets tough. ROBS students learn about God and Jesus in Bible class and...

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After-school programming

After-school learning at ROBS includes Prime Time, our extended-day program, as well as a variety of enrichment classes offered until 6:00 p.m. each day for Readiness – Grade 8.

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Learn more about first grade at ROBS!