First graders continue to develop their foundation skills for literacy and numeracy. They are becoming fluent literature readers and writers. They are working on developing comprehension skills. They begin to read longer, more detailed books and their stories have a more developed beginning, middle, and end. They are curious learners, and inquiry and exploration continue to be forces in their learning. The girls are beginning to demonstrate some independence, to work effectively in groups, to problem-solve, and to develop persistence in their work.
There are many changes the girls experience in first grade. The girls are each assigned a desk for the first time. Homework is assigned for each day of the week. First grade students go to the Science lab twice a week. For the first time the girls change into a Physical Education uniform for PE classes. There are two first grade teachers as opposed to three or four Kindergarten teachers. Each week the girls learn new spelling words and are assessed on them. All of these are indicators that the girls are ready for an environment that encourages them to work both collaboratively and independently, to think, ask questions, and continue to explore.