First graders love to be busy and engaged. Reading and writing skills introduced in Kindergarten are extended with individual and small group work through Lucy Calkins’ Reading and Writing Workshop and Literacy Footprints Guided Reading. The Singapore Math approach is emphasized and supplemented with work that incorporates manipulatives and practice of addition and subtraction fact families. Students learn basic research skills and complete a research report. The world becomes even more exciting with analysis of the past and present and a look at comparative cultures. Each week, Grade 1 students also attend classes in science, art, media literacy, music, Spanish, and physical education, so that they may develop an awareness of a wide range of content and practice as well as build essential skills. Teachers of all the classes listed above plan and develop materials with a mind towards helping children discover the connections among all of the subjects and often engage students in cross-disciplinary project-based activities.