Grades K-1 Curriculum

In grades K-1 Belmont students develop their hearts, minds, and bodies. They begin with Bible study each morning, and practice (to mastery) foundational skills in reading, writing, and arithmetic. They begin to read with expression, they observe the wonder of nature, and they practice spelling and cursive penmanship. They develop courtesy and character, and learn to create beautiful art and music. The materials, below, are part of the Belmont Connected Curriculum™, and have been carefully chosen to prepare students for success in grades K-1.​


English

(Reading/Spelling/

Writing/Grammar/

Literature)


Classic children's books are as delightful as they are effective in nurturing the heart, developing character, and growing vocabulary.


Students receive one-on-one time reading with the teacher, reading as a class, and being read to. Daily reading leads to fluency, and develops the ability to read with expression.

 

Belmont's flagship spelling method is carefully designed to help students become excellent readers and spellers, and to understand the governing spelling rules. Each week students practice reading and writing spelling codes, rules, word lists, and spelling sentences; and practice turning spelling words into a story.

 

Distar Reading Program

by Seigfried Englemann, adapted for smaller classes by Phyllis Haddox and Elaine Bruner.

All About Reading (an Orton Guillingham program)

Classical Spelling Method

by Classical Materials

English Grammar Recitation 

by Memoria Press


Classic and beloved children's books, such as the following, form the core of our K-1 literature:

 

Owl Moon

Stone Soup

The Story of Ping

Cordoroy

Stellaluna

The King's Highway

The Little House

Katie No-Pocket

The Tale of Peter Rabbit

Danny Meadow Mouse

Frog and Toad are Friends

All-of-a-Kind Family

The Tale of Tom Kitten

The Tale of Squirrel Nutkin

Little Bear

Tales from the Odyssey

Make Way for Ducklings

The Tailor of Gloucester

Blacky the Crow

The Family Under the Bridge 

A Bear Called Paddington

My Father's Dragon

The Tale of the Pie and the

     Patty-Pan

The Tale of Jemima

     Puddle-Duck

The Adventures of Chatterer

     the Red Squirrel

The Adventures of Happy

     Jack
 

Mathematics

A solid foundation in math, including mastery of arithmetic, is the key to later success in science, technology, and engineering.

Saxon Math 1/2/3

(according to individual student level)
 

Penmanship

Printing begins is Kindergarten. Cursive begins in Grade 1.

Classical Penmanship,

by Classical Materials

Science

Grades K-2 students develop a love of science by enjoying the beauty and wonder of the natural world. Formal science instruction begins in Grade 1.

Patterns of Nature 

by Memoria Press
 

Bible Study, Daily Devotional

Grades K-2 students begin each day with a daily devotional that includes prayer, a song, scripture, and a copy statement. In Bible Study, students learn the story of God's love in the Old and New Testaments, and commit scripture to memory.

Children's Illustrated Bible

by Selena Hastings

History/

Geography

Students learn to draw maps and become acquainted with stories of  the great men and women in world and American history through a variety of literature selections.

Greek Myths

by Ingri d'Aulaire, Edgar Parin d'Aulaire

Music

Music is a universal language of enormous power. Mathematical at its base, it develops the mental abilities of students while enriching the soul.

Our sequential music program instills a love of music in each student. Our music curriculum includes music theory, with the training of the voice as a primary instrument.

*Specific curriculum materials will change as we continuously improve while staying anchored to our mission.

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