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Primary School (Grades 1-4)


First and Second Grades
Reading skills are fundamental to success in all subject areas throughout a student's school career.  The first- and second grade curriculum at First Lutheran focuses on building strong fundamental phonetic skills and comprehension strategies. Children become more capable readers through the Imagine It, a reading program aligned to Common Core standards. T

Students in first grade explore math, science and social studies with a “hands-on” approach. Writing skills are developed and integrated into all subject areas.  Students learn about their community and the natural world, and these units are enriched with field trips to a three-acre working farm, the Natural History Museum and Aquarium of the Pacific.

Third Grade 

Third grade is a year of transition, during which students are building on the skills acquired in prior grades.

Our third-graders learn more about what it means to have a relationship with God and others, and they add to their knowledge of the Bible by learning 30 more verses.  

Third-graders at First Lutheran are also expanding their mastery of mathematical skills. Instruction in math focuses on students learning multiplication and division facts.  

The fourth-grade science curriculum introduces new concepts, including about outer space, chemistry and the different biomes on our planet.  

In social studies, our third-graders learn about who has lived in the United States and how they lived. On Native American Day, children gain greater insight into our nation's history by experiencing authentic Native American culture. 

The comprehensive reading and language arts program in third grade emphasizes increasing vocabulary, making inferences and predictions, building comprehension and fluency, and learning and refining grammar skills. Third-graders further develop their writing skills to expand upon details in the five-paragraph essay for fiction and non-fiction genres.Students also greatly expand their vocabulary, adding 600 new words through spelling and vocabulary lessons.

Fourth Grade

A multidisciplinary approach in the fourth-grade classrooms allows students to demonstrate understanding through various means, including writing, oral presentation, art, music and technology. Subjects are integrated and writing extends across the curriculum. Fourth graders are moving from learning to read to reading for learning.

Learning extends beyond the fourth-grade classrooms as students explore community resources and California history on a two-day trip to Sacramento, the state capital.

Music education progresses in the fourth grade with the instruction in reading and playing a musical instrument. Students are introduced to the fundamentals of playing instruments by professional music teachers in weekly lessons during the regular school day.

With greater independence, students are learning to take responsibility for their behavior, manage long-term assignments, and assume leadership roles with younger students.