International Christian Leadership Institute

First Grade

First Grade at NCA offers center based, hands on instruction the focuses on challenging and encouraging each student to reach their full potential. Students receive teacher support while they are taught to work as a community and become independent learners. Our classroom is always a hub of activity as students engage in small group lessons and participate in whole group learning through games, activities, projects, seatwork and presentations.

Core curriculum objectives in first grade include fluent reading, fiction and non-fiction comprehension, introduction to the six traits of writing, and a secure understanding of addition, subtraction, graphing, money and time. In addition to core subjects, student will also alternate between science and social studies units as they learn more about our country and the world that God created.

NCA’s certified art and music and PE teachers meet with the students in First Grade weekly for classes in their specialties. The class also enjoys the K-2 library right on the same floor, and reading buddies from the older elementary grades read with the students each week to share their 
favorite books.

Class goes outside morning and afternoon, weather permitting, for recess on the playground, after snack and lunch. Field trips are a particular treat, including visiting the McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center, Amoskeag Fishways, sports days, professional plays in the area, and even a trip to release the butterflies and ladybugs hatched right in our classroom!


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Mrs. Cindy Carlson

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Curriculum List


Language Arts (Phonics, Reading, Spelling, Writing)

Trophies, Harcourt,C.2005
Handwriting: Zaner-Bloser

The Language Arts Department seeks to teach student to “Think as well as read…Yield not your minds to the passive impressions which others may make upon them. Hear what they have to say; but examine it, weigh it, and judge it for yourselves.” – Tryon Edwards, 1809-1894.

This all-inclusive curriculum focuses on phonemic awareness, phonics, word building, word blending, vocabulary, text comprehension skills and reading fluency. Each component builds upon the others, reinforces student learning and provides regular, daily practice in all language skills.


Singapore Math: Primary Mathematics Standards Edition 1A and 1B, Marshall Cavendish Education, c. 2008.

By placing us in time and space, God has limited us to the finite and measurable and set Himself apart. We see order in every area. The language and skills of mathematics build our understanding of this order, its patterns, precision and constancy.

Singapore Math offers a broad background in mathematics, offering multiple experiences which are designed to equip students with a strong foundation in mathematics. Topics are covered in depth and taught to mastery. Emphasis is placed on mathematical thinking by requiring immediate application of new skills to problem solving promoting an understanding of the way mathematical processes work.


Purposeful Design Science Level One, ACSI, c.2010.

Science is essentially the study of God’s creation and his natural and physical laws through observation and experimentation. Scientific findings do not conflict with Scripture, though scientific hypotheses and theories often do, as a result of man’s lack of understanding and sinful nature. Our classes afford students the opportunity to evaluate current data and theories in the light of Scripture.

The Science curriculum in First Grade covers four major science strands: Life Science, Physical Science, Earth Science and Health. It involves students in the active process of reading, thinking and doing science.


My America- Geography and History, A Beka Book Publications, c 1986.

NCA is committed to discipling students in a Christian worldview perspective of history. History is that glass in which we see the motives, ideas and deeds of men and by which we discern truth from error, good from bad and beauty from distortion. These classes provide an important forum for students to consider God’s sovereignty over relationships, from the family unit to local communities to the development of nations and world civilizations.

The First Grade Curriculum is designed to stimulate the student’s interest in their country, its history, the importance of its symbols and government and the vastness and beauty surrounding the geography of the country in which they live. Alongside this the students learn how important the freedom to worship God and obeying the truths in the Bible was pivotal in the Pilgrim’s journey to America and how that carved out the beginnings of their nation.


Walking with God and His People, Christian Schools International, c. 2009

The Bible classes support our desire to disciple each student toward a Passion for God and Compassion for People. Relationship and knowledge of God are developed through study of Scripture and through personal and corporate times of worship. As students examine the Scriptures, they are prepared to make an informed commitment to Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord and to live out that commitment in love, obedience, and service.

Emphasis in First Grade is on God’s people in Old Testament times and how God interacted with His people. This helps the children begin to understand the character and nature of God. The curriculum introduces children to who God is, what He does, what He is like and the important truth that God desires a relationship with them and has a plan and a purpose for them.


Curriculum is varied.

Music Makers, Young Musicians, LifeWay, Children’s Music Series- updated yearly
The Music Effect 1 & 2, Alfred, 2005

The purpose of the Music curriculum is first to glorify our Lord. Students are exposed to music as worship in singing, listening, responding, moving and playing instruments. Our goals include learning to enjoy all musical forms, to become listeners and performers, to develop self- discipline, to encourage participation and develop socially, to acquaint with other cultures and historical periods, and to build community within the Body of Christ.
Adapted from Heather Greenwood, “Why include Music in the Christian School Curriculum?” Nurture (Australia), Autumn, 1981

Weekly elementary music classes build musical concepts and opportunities for musical expression through the years. All elements of music are introduced and developed at grade appropriate levels. Students in grades 3-5 also meet for choir once a week, culminating in a spring musical.


The Elementary Grade Art Curriculum is designed to provide students opportunity for artistic expression in a wide variety of media – paint, craypas, clay, papier-mâché, markers, watercolor, origami and construction paper, colored pencil, assemblage materials, and yarn – creating 2-D and 3-D pieces of art. Eye training exercises and focus on growth in art vocabulary, concepts, and skills complete the program. Grades K through 5 meet for 50 minutes once a week, and K-4 meets for 25 minutes.

Physical Education

Students in Grade One attend Physical Education classes twice weekly with a certified PE instructor working with National Standards.