What a blessing it is to teach first grade at St. Frances Cabrini school!
My name is Vicki Norman and I am grateful to teach at St Frances Cabrini. My entire teaching career has been in Catholic education. I am a recent transplant from a Catholic school in Anchorage, Alaska where I taught for the last ten years. Prior to that I taught at a Catholic school in Yakima. I am very excited to be in first grade where so much progress happens as the students are growing and flourishing every day.
Our school days begin and end with prayer, and all subjects are learned keeping in mind that we are active learners who are rooted in our faith, and we strive to be responsible citizens.
• Prayer comes naturally; enjoys ceremony and ritual
• Interprets Bible and other stories literally but cannot derive symbolic meaning
• Comfortable with formal and spontaneous prayer
• Awareness of Church is limited to his or her experiences at home and in the parish
• Imagines God as a human person
• Play may be solitary but some are ready to work in pairs and eventually in small groups.
• They will learn and practice how to have positive peer interactions and resolve differences with peaceful resolutions that are taught and modeled.
• Interest is sustained if the activity is something they like.
• The ability to do simple tasks gives them a sense of pride and accomplishment.
• Large motor skills involve using the large muscles of the body and small motor skills involve the use of wrist and hand.
We are busy! But, we have so many wonderful things to look forward to. First graders will read at Mass for the first time this year. We have a Christmas program and a Learning Fair. We have a Student of the Week, and Geographer of the week.
We also have wonderful parent helpers. They come and read with the students and help them with their sight word challenges. They help with Math Centers and artwork. The parent helpers love being such an important part of their child’s development.
First graders CAN help. Many children think they are too little to do anything for their community. Not so in this class. We are great helpers to our community! We make applesauce for the Seniors with our own hands. Our little fingers learned how to make peanut butter and jelly sandwiches for the homeless. Those same fingers tied together fleece blankets for the Humane Society, and made dog treats. We can also sort and put together necessities for Nativity House in bags that we decorate. Children love to help, and we give them the classroom to do it.
Religion: In the tradition of the Catholic Church, children will grow in understanding through following the Archdiocese of Seattle Catholic Schools standards to include The Six Tasks of Catechesis.
• Knowledge of Faith
• Liturgical Education
• Moral Education
• Prayer Life, Community, and History of the Church
• Missionary Spirit
Reading/Literature: In first grade, it's exciting when students transform into true readers. They apply their knowledge of how print works and practice strategies to decode unfamiliar words. They learn to...
• Read aloud with fluency, accuracy, and understanding.
• Read for pleasure - stories, informational texts, poems; develop a love for books and reading!
• Identify parts of a story and use character setting, conflict/problem and main idea.
Language Arts: Common Core Standards to include:
• Reading literature
• Reading informational text
• Reading foundational skills
Math Readiness: Common Core Standards to include:
• Operations and algebraic thinking
• Numbers and operations in Base
• Ten Measurements and data
Social Studies: Students will…
• Use maps, charts, and other geographic tools
• Read the Pledge of Allegiance, learn patriotic songs/poems and recognize national symbols
• Recognize traits of responsible citizenship; what it means to be a member of a community
Science: Students will explore and learn about…
• Plants and animals
• The earth, weather, sky, sound, light, and heat
• The human body- the senses, growing and changing, personal health, personal safety
Technology: Students will…
• Understand how computers/technology work and practice safe, legal behavior
• Learn beginning keyboarding skills
• Select and use common applications
PE, art, enrichment programs: Specialists teach these subjects