Our 1st-2nd Grade programs provide a fun, safe, nurturing environment for your young child to discover, explore and learn to their fullest potential. In these early elementary years, we focus on developing good classroom habits and procedures to carry them throughout their school career.
Each student will learn to read and write using phonics and applying that knowledge to reading across the curriculum. Reading happens throughout each day in the classroom in the form of free reading, guided reading, and read-aloud. We have parent-volunteer led reading groups that meets each student at their reading level. The students gain confidence by accomplishing reading goals and developing a love of reading. Furthermore, they will write daily. First mastering manuscript letters and later starting on cursive writing. These activities include development and enrichment of their spelling, vocabulary, and exploration of poetry.
Our math curriculum is from Singapore Math.
Each grade learns the skills listed below:
Social Studies and Science lessons are taught weekly. Our Social Studies curriculum focuses on the community, basic American history, and exploring geography of the world. In our Science curriculum we explore the life, physical and earth sciences each year.
Our Bible studies teach us the Bible stories in a young-child-friendly manner. We learn the better known stories and participate in classroom activities to enrich knowledge of the lessons within the stories. We also have weekly memorization verses and participate in a weekly chapel service.
We also provide enrichment classes to add to our basic curriculum. These lessons are taught by various teachers with expertise in each area. It is our understanding that the education of each child should not just include the basics (language, math, science and history), but an understanding of Art, Music, Physical Education, and Spanish to better prepare them for the rest of their lives.
Julie taught 5th-8th grades at St. Luke Lutheran School in Santa Rosa before joining the teaching staff at PHCS in 2016. She was born and raised in Sonoma County and is glad to continue to call it home.
She earned her Bachelors of Arts in Liberal Studies with an emphasis on Elementary Education and her teaching credential from Concordia University in Irvine, CA. After all that hard work, Julie took a break from teaching and education working in customer service and caregiving. During this time, she met her husband John and now they have 2 young daughters, Annie and Olivia.
Julie leads her family like she leads her classroom; with lots of enthusiasm and mutual respect. Julie also enjoys spending time crafting, reading and enjoying the outdoors, camping and exploring, with her family and friends. Her and her family spend a lot of quality time out at the ocean, playing in the sand, and discovering tide pools.
She is a member of Mt. Olive Lutheran Church and her favorite Bible verse is Romans 8:28 "And God works for the better of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose." This verse has guided her throughout her life journey and helped her appreciate the blessings in her life.