First Grade at FRCS

A focus on literacy and math in an exciting, hands-on environment builds an excellent foundation for the growing elementary student.

First Grade in Playhouse Image


First grade is centered on literacy.  Even though most students’ language skills are just emerging, first grade has a rich literary environment.  Students read fiction and non-fiction books that extend their reading in many ways.  For example, after reading multiple versions of The Gingerbread Man students create their own gingerbread story.  Students also participate in interactive forms of reading through Reader’s Theater and reading buddies.  These methods of reading help promote fluency and confidence in the students.  In first grade, reading is taught through literacy centers and Guided Reading, allowing for consistent and daily differentiated instruction.  This allows each student to be reached at his or her level.

F.A.S.T. Reading

A wonderful component to first grade is a phonics and reading program called F.A.S.T.  This program appeals to many different learning styles and is an ideal fit for a first grade classroom, allowing students to be involved in the reading and phonics process through a board with magnets representing sounds.  This program has several different components: reading, writing, board work, spelling, and instruction time.  This program helps foster reading confidence in each student.


Writing also plays a key role in first grade work.  Students are introduced to numerous types of writing to help them understand that writing is simply expressing your thoughts on paper.  Writing is taught most commonly using picture books to introduce a topic.  For instance, Click, Clack, Moo Cows That Type is used to teach students how to write their own letters.  The goal is that every student will love to write by the time they leave first grade.


First grade science is an introduction to the amazing natural world.  Students in first grade will never forget watching chicks hatch right in the classroom!  Creating magnetic fields makes sure students will always remember the poles of a magnet.  A visit to the Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum brings other science concepts to life with fun and engaging exhibits.

Science Lab 

First grade students enjoy hands-on science lab two times per week, and are working on developing critical thinking and lab writing skills.  Students always begin class with a question and are engaging in the scientific method in order to complete their labs.  Science topics in first grade include:  weather and seasons, solar energy, properties of objects, and animal life.


First grade students enjoy working on technology projects and mastering their keyboarding skills.  Students learn how to conduct early research, and how to use specific applications to create digital creative documents.


The math curriculum is called Progress in Mathematics.  It uses interactive teaching methods and materials to help young students understand the mathematical concepts.  It has consistent, cumulative review of the concepts taught and encourages memorization of math facts early in the students’ school career.  The program encourages a strong development of problem-solving competence, and the pedagogical practices help to cultivate engaged, reflective learners.









Spiritual training is also an important facet of first grade learning.  Studying Old Testament figures such as Adam, Eve, Noah, Jacob, Joseph and Moses creates a foundation of biblical knowledge.  The use of other media sparks inquisitiveness and curiosity about biblical truths.  Memorization of scripture is also a regular part of school.


Enrichment studies enhance the children’s growth and education through visual art, vocal music, physical education, Spanish language, and chapel, offered on a        bi-weekly basis.

Learning Skills

An integral part of first grade training is developing good learning habits and requires students to use developing skills to solve problems and answer questions.  These habits help foster responsibility and confidence.  Parents are encouraged to help students be responsible for their learning by teaching parents how to ask subject specific questions so that learning can extend beyond the classroom.  For example, instead of asking, “What did you do today?” and receiving a typical response like “Nothing?”  It is suggested that parents ask, “What are two things you learned about an addition number sentence?”  Parents already know the answers to the question because they are madly reading the class newsletter, which is a sneak peek into the lesson plans for the week.


Franklin Road Christian School

40800 West 13 Mile Road
Novi, MI 48377

Tel: (248) 668-7100

A Ministry of Brightmoor Christian Church


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Franklin Road Christian School in Novi, Michigan is a preK-12, coeducational, college preparatory day school with a non-denominational Christian philosophy. FRCS is affiliated with Brightmoor Christian Church, and was founded in 1986.
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