First Grade - Kolbe Academy

First Grade

The First Grade online program will include a comprehensive study of Religion, Phonics, Reading, Penmanship, Math, Art, Science, and History. Religion, Language Arts, and Math will be delivered in a live format, whereas Science, History, Penmanship, and Art will be delivered in the form of videos and creative assignments. The goal of each part of this program is to develop your child spiritually and academically in all necessary skills to progress to second grade. The focus is on developing fine motor skills, intellectual curiosity, and an authentic passion for learning. Below you will find details regarding the curriculum and books needs for this program. 

Art (1-2)- The first grade art program will focus on learning about famous artists throughout history while completing a monthly project in the style of the artist geared towards the specific age group.


Course Texts:

  • Our Heavenly Father, Textbook
  • Our Heavenly Father, Activity Book
  • The New Saint Joseph First Communion Catechism

Course Description:

First Grade Religion brings the student two things: information and formation. Information is provided to the child in the form of regimented, specific knowledge; and, formation is provided by the development of the external signs of our Faith in the life of the child in the form of: the Sign of the Cross, genuflecting, proper position of kneeling and attendance at Mass, pronunciation of prayers (in both Latin and English), and forms of address for the clergy, hierarchy and professed religious.

Regimented, specific knowledge is provided so that the student may see the gradual development of a love for the Faith that is based on reason and knowledge. Regimented knowledge is also in tune with the ordered, basic knowledge that is inherent in the Catholic Faith.

The student is introduced to the Trinity, with emphasis on the life of Jesus, the plan of salvation, and the child’s part in that plan. The student is also introduced to Mary, the angels and saints.

Language Arts

Course Texts:

  • Writing Our Catholic Faith: Grade 1 Manuscript Writing
  • Catholic National Reader, New Primer & Book One, Textbook
  • Phonogram Flash Cards
  • Phonics A, Workbook
  • English 1, Workbook

Course Description:


Reading in First Grade includes a selection of readings appropriate to the student’s level. The texts gradually introduce new vocabulary. The teacher should read to the students, and students should in turn do their share of vocal and silent reading.

Before a child can read, he must memorize the phonograms. When the child has memorized the sounds of twenty-six letters of the alphabet, have him begin reading in the book. Remember that all children are different and learn differently. It is better to go slowly and make sure he has mastered the material than to proceed without him really understanding. The Catholic National Readers are quite challenging, but once a child has learned the phonograms and read the primer, he is ready to read simple children’s books.

In using this course, the student will be introduced to reading as the natural way of learning, learn to identify characters, plots, details, and relationships, and begin to think critically about what has been read.


First Grade Phonics is directed to the development in the student of the capacity to pronounce, spell and understand differences in words. Topics covered include beginning sounds, rhyming sounds, consonants, long and short vowel sounds, consonant blends, word endings –ed and –ing, and contractions.

Pearson Phonics A begins very simply and the child should be able to do it without much difficulty, but do not let the workbook be a replacement for memorizing all seventy of the phonograms.

English Grammar

Grade One Grammar brings the student to study kinds of sentences and most of the parts of speech in a sentence. The student is met with the requirement to use simple punctuation, capitalize words and become acquainted with compound words, synonyms, antonyms, and homonyms as well as alphabetizing words and classifying objects. The student is also required to develop and practice composition skills, including writing letters and stories. Everything learned in English should be applied and reinforced in the student’s reading, composition, spelling, and phonics.

Spelling & Phonics

The first words in the Grade One spelling list come directly from the Catholic National Readers New Primer and Book One. The child is learning to spell the words he is learning to read. Through this course, the student will learn visual and auditory discrimination of words, and achieve the ability to spell and use the given words in complete sentences.


Course Texts:

  • Daily Geography Practice 1, Teacher Manual

Course Description:

Apply the geography lessons to the world around the child: The World in Spatial Terms, Places and Regions, Physical Systems, Human Systems, Environment and Society, The Uses of Geography.

Topics covered in first grade: Using a Map, Directions on a Map, Finding Places on a Map, Using a Map Key, Parts of a Map, Picturing a Place, Picturing the United States, Using a Globe, A World Map, Land and Water Maps, Farm Map, Town Map, City Map, State Map, Zoo and Park Maps, Weather Map, A Desert Habitat, Using Various Maps, Communities, Farms in Iowa, State Maps, Natural Resource maps, neighborhood plan.

Mathematics (Progress in Mathematics)

Course Texts:

  • Progress in Mathematics (RED), Textbook
  • Progress in Mathematics (RED), Workbook (Optional at home practice)

Course Description:

Grade One Math is based on the natural processes of thinking, namely induction and deduction. Inductive thinking arrives at the answer almost immediately because it seems obvious (although it is not always exact). Deductive thinking is a step-by-step process of reasoning leading to a solution. One process is not better than the other, only different from the other.

In the course, students will learn numbers and basic addition and subtraction facts up to 18, 2 and 3-digit place value, money and time, addition of 2-digit numbers, geometry and measurement, and fractions and graphing.

Science (Harcourt)

Course Texts:

  • Harcourt Science, Grades 1/2 Textbook*

*Harcourt Science Grades 1/2 is used in both 1st and 2nd grade.

Course Description:

First Grade Science is a basic introduction to the life, earth, and physical sciences. The most important part of teaching science in the early years is helping the student see the wonders of God’s world, and making him unafraid of the subject when he pursues science in more depth later. Children learn more from doing the experiments and investigations alongside the reading of the textbook. Science, like history, does not need to be done every day and can be set aside if the student is being challenged by the basics in other subjects.

The Harcourt Science series has the availability of several online learning tools to anyone who purchases the textbook. The first is provided by the publisher, Harcourt. Another website is provided by the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA). This website allows you to select the topic you are studying in the book, and will take you to a page of selected website links that can help you to enhance and further develop the topics that your child is studying. The online resources are a wonderful addition to the activities provided within the text itself.

Topics in this course include Life Science: plants, animals, and people; Earth Science: the Earth’s surface, the Earth’s resources, and the Earth’s history; Physical Science: observing and measuring matter, changes in matter.


Course Description:

In 1st through 5th grade, the students will participate in a study of art masters. A lesson will be provided at the beginning of each month introducing a new historical artist. The student will spend the month working on an age-appropriate art project to further understand and appreciate the artist’s particular style. 


  • Crayons
  • Markers
  • Watercolor set
  • Construction paper
  • Scissors
  • Glue stick
  • Pencil Grip
  • Pencils
  • Small white board, marker, eraser
  • Primary Composition Notebook
  • Play Doh