First Graders

First Graders

...increased motor activity, may appear restless even when seated
...enjoy boisterous play, coordination is not yet fully developed
...enjoy manipulating things, but may be awkward in small motor skills
...may be easily distracted by things in the environment
...learn best through touch, exploration, and movement
...display increased ability to sequence things in time and enjoy learning about the past
...enjoy learning about people and places far away
...reading skills are emerging
...may have difficulty waiting for a turn, like to be first
...often view the teacher as always right
...often play best with friends in pairs rather than in groups of three or more
...friendships may be stormy and competitive
...prayer comes naturally, enjoy ceremony and ritual
...interpret Bible and other stories literally and cannot derive spiritual meaning
...are comfortable with formal and spontaneous prayer
...awareness of Church is limited to their experience at home and parish
...imagine God as a human person

1st Grade Curriculum Guide for Parents