Our 1st-2nd grade classroom offers a fun, safe, delightful environment for your growing child to discover, explore, and learn to their fullest potential. In these early elementary years, we focus on maturing classroom habits and eagerness to engage.
Upon entering the classroom, you will notice the meaningfully placed furnishings and child-sized tools such as art easels, a reading couch, community table, and supplies with text and picture support. The physical environment of the 1st and 2nd grade classroom is inviting, making it a conducive space for students to learn how to recognize the many ways they are fearfully and wonderfully created as they verbalize phrases about trying, failing and trying again. In fact, Ms. Nave is famous around school for her “no probllama!” encouragements to her eager learners. With a learning disability that affected her experience as a learner, Ms. Nave seeks to help equip each learner to overcome their individual hurdles.
Everything centers around the God's Word. To get there, learning to read fluently is one of the primary objectives in 1st and 2nd grades. Direct phonics instruction paves the way to achieve fluency, comprehension, expression and most importantly CONFIDENCE when reading. This will be accomplished through reading groups in the morning as well as assigned reading homework every night.
Our hands-on Singapore mathematics activities cover number sense, greater than less than, and addition and subtraction with renaming. This hands-on approach is grade appropriate as children are interacting with their world through touch and exploration. What better way to know 2+2=4 than by building this with M&Ms! Emphasizing greater/less, the teacher may ask if the students want a 10-minute recess or a 13-minute recess? Which one would you choose and why?
Community in the classroom is encouraged with all of the class members working together in their classroom jobs/responsibilities to contribute to a safe, orderly, fun, and sweet space for learning.
We also provide several enrichment classes in the afternoons. These lessons are taught by various teachers who have an expertise in each area. Our view of whole-hearted education includes: Art, Music, Physical Education, Computers, and Spanish.
Miss Nave completed her Preliminary Teaching Credential by student teaching during the 2019-20 school year at PHCS with Mrs. Reifsteck as her mentor teacher.
She made such an impression as an enthusiastic teacher, she stayed on to be our Instructional Aide for the remainder of the year. She really loves teaching reading and working with the primary students.