In first grade, we continue to emphasize learning to read through application of decoding strategies and phonemic awareness. We take reading to the next level and really start focusing on reading to learn and applying comprehension strategies to text. Reading is taught through a balanced literacy model utilizing groups individualized to meet every student’s needs. The connection between reading and writing is a focus in first grade. We use literature and text as models to write using the six traits. We encourage a love of reading and writing not only across the curriculum in the school environment, but in all areas of our lives.