The First Grade Syllabus contains detailed daily lesson plans for Religion, Mathematics, Reading, Writing, Poetry, Science, Geography, Art and Music. It also contains a variety of teaching resources including First Grade Subject Rubrics and Learning Objectives, suggested daily schedules, teaching tips and several lists of grade level appropriate literature. We have provided below a sample of the first week from the syllabus along with a list of the books used in the syllabus.

In Religion we use the St. Joseph’s First Communion Catechism to begin the study of Catholic doctrine which helps to provide a life long Catholic formation. The student will also develop the habit of retention by memorizing the questions and answers about his faith. In Mathematics we use Arithmetic 1 (A Beka) which has a spiral approach to learning concepts. Once learned, a mathematical concept is practiced on a daily basis, so that the student never has a chance to forget how to do it. In Reading we continue Teach Your Child to Read in 100 Easy Lessons (Engelman, Haddox, and Bruner). In Writing we use Writing Our Catholic Faith Grade 1 (Wasylyk) to introduce the student to and continue the practice of the formation of words. In Poetry we continue to use The Harp and Laurel Wreath for selections of poetry to memorize. In Science we encourage a love of the natural world through a variety of science projects in First Grade Science (MODG). And in Geography we use First Grade Map Skills (MODG) to begin the study of geography. In Art we use First Grade Art (MODG) to continue the student’s art appreciation along with a variety of kits from Illuminated Ink to provide the student with hands on craftwork. In Music we use 36 Traditional Roman Catholic Hymns to continue the student’s familiarity with the great hymns of the Church; the student also begins more formal music appreciation of beautiful music selections. In addition the syllabus has several lists of good literature for the student broken down by the liturgical year, a calendar of saints and a general list of literature.

Current Edition: © 2017.

Online versions of the MODG syllabi are provided to enrolled families free of charge. Paper copies of the syllabi are also available for purchase from the MODG office, with a 30% discount for enrolled families.

Book List

English
  • Essential 4
    • Hardcover Blank Book for Student Retellings & Illustrations
      Ashley Productions
      Ashley Productions
    • Teach Your Child to Read in 100 Easy Lessons
      Siegfried Engelmann
      Touchstone — 395 Pages
      ISBN: 0671631985
    • The Harp and Laurel Wreath: Poetry and Dictation for the Classical Curriculum
      Berquist, Laura
      Ignatius Press — 500 Pages
      ISBN: 0898707161
    • Writing Our Catholic Faith Grade 1
      Wasylyk, Thomas & Jennifer
      Universal Publishing — 80 Pages
      ISBN: 1931181799
  • Supplemental - Optional 59
  • Mentioned in the syllabus, but not assigned 1
Fine Arts
  • Essential 4
    • 36 Traditional Roman Catholic Hymns for Voice and Piano
      Jemison, Alan
      Alan Jemison
    • Aesop's Fables
      Aesop
      Dover Publications — 56 Pages
    • First Grade Art
      Yanoschik, Elizabeth
      Mother of Divine Grace School — 36 Pages
    • Hardcover Blank Book for Student Retellings & Illustrations
      Ashley Productions
      Ashley Productions
  • Supplemental - Required 9
    • Advent Candle Kit
      Illuminated Ink
      Illuminated Ink
    • Carnival of the Animals commentary (with CD)
      Turner, Barrie Carson
      Henry Holt and Co. — 48 Pages
      ISBN: 0805061800
    • Goldberg Variations (with CD)
      Celenza, Anna Harwell
      Charlesbridge — 32 Pages
      ISBN: 1570915105
    • Marian Grotto Kit - Our Lady of Guadalupe
      Illuminated Ink
      Illuminated Ink
    • O Antiphon Christmas Card Kit
      Illuminated Ink
      Illuminated Ink
    • Peter and the Wolf (with CD)
      Schulman, Janet
      Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group — 40 Pages
      ISBN: 0375824308
    • Rhapsody in Blue (with CD)
      Celenza, Anna Harwell
      Charlesbridge — 32 Pages
      ISBN: 1570945563
    • Stations of the Cross Grotto Kit
      Illuminated Ink
      Illuminated Ink
    • The Farewell Symphony (with CD)
      Celenza, Anna Harwell
      Talewinds
      ISBN: 1570914060
Mathematics
  • Essential 1
    • Arithmetic 1
      A Beka
      A Beka Books — 342 Pages
  • Supplemental - Optional 3
Religion
  • Essential 2
    • Hardcover Blank Book for Student Retellings & Illustrations
      Ashley Productions
      Ashley Productions
    • The New Saint Joseph First Communion Catechism
      Kelley, Fr Bennet
      Catholic Book Publishing Corp
      ISBN: 0899422403
  • Supplemental - Optional 5
Science
  • Essential 1
    • First Grade Science
      Pipes, Jessica & Yanoschik, Elizabeth
      Mother of Divine Grace School — 35 Pages
Social Studies
  • Essential 1
    • First Grade Map Skills
      Pipes, Jessica & Yanoschik, Elizabeth
      Mother of Divine Grace School — 39 Pages

Samples

Please note that in the K-2nd grade paper syllabi the following lists are integrated with each other in the syllabus. So Day 1 assignments are listed together under Monday, Day 2 under Tuesday and so forth.

Week 1

Day Assignment
1

Using the St. Joseph’s First Communion Catechism, practice making the Sign of the Cross, and reciting the Our Father with your child. My Guardian Angel Prayer Book ed. Fr. Victor Hoagland, CP (Regina Press), mentioned in the Saints’ Feast Days Calendar Booklist in the back of the syllabus, has many first prayers for children in it, too. It’s a lovely book, and would be an incentive for learning these prayers. 

2

St. Joseph’s First Communion Catechism – Have your child practice the Sign of the Cross, the Our Father and the Hail Mary.

3

First Communion Catechism – The Sign of the Cross, the Our Father, the Hail Mary and the Glory Be.

4

Have your child learn the Angel of God prayer.

Day Assignment
1

We have broken down the 170 lessons included in the text over 32 weeks. Begin with Lesson 1 and 2 in Arithmetic 1. In the first two weeks of this syllabus we have assigned two lessons a day; from Week 3 on, only one lesson is assigned each day. If that amount seems too much on a given day, or if your child is eager and able to do more on another day, by all means adapt the lesson plan. At first the child may want you to sit down with him, explain what he is expected to do, and admire his work as he does it. But later, when he is more familiar with the text and can read the directions himself, he will be able to work more independently. Check his work daily so that he doesn't repeat mistakes or overlook any new operations.

(Note: There are two editions of Arithmetic 1, The previous edition assigns tests on lessons ending in 2 and 7 beginning with Test 1 on Lesson 12, while the newer edition assigns tests on lessons ending in 3 and 8 beginning with Test 1 on Lesson 13. Where the assignments vary, we have marked separate math assignments marked “old” and “new” respectively.) 

2

Arithmetic 1 – Lessons 3 and 4.

3

Arithmetic 1 – Lessons 5 and 6.

4

Arithmetic 1 – Lessons 7 and 8.

5

Arithmetic 1 – Lessons 9 and 10.

Day Assignment
1

Do p. 1 in Writing Our Catholic Faith Grade 1.

2

Do p. 2 in Writing Our Catholic Faith Grade 1.

3

Do p. 3 in Writing Our Catholic Faith Grade 1.

Day Assignment
1

You can pick up Teach Your Child to Read in 100 Easy Lessons right where you left off at the end of last year.  But when he becomes quite proficient at reading you do not have to continue with the text unless you and your child are enjoying it and want to do so. Otherwise your child could just spend 30 min. each day reading orally and silently.  Begin today with Lesson 32, Tasks 1-2.

2

100 Easy Lessons – Lesson 32, Tasks 3-5.

3

100 Easy Lessons – Lesson 32, Tasks 6-8.

4

100 Easy Lessons – Lesson 32, Tasks 9-12.

Day Assignment
1

Read “Windy Nights” by Robert Louis Stevenson aloud to your child.  Read it again and ask him to listen carefully so that he can tell you what the poem is about.  After you have discussed it, read it aloud again. Review last year’s poem “Rain” by Robert Louis Stevenson. 

2

Have your child recite the title and author of “Windy Nights”. Read the poem to him again. Offer him the opportunity to repeat any of it that he can from memory. Review last year’s poem “Bed in Summer” by Robert Louis Stevenson. 

3

Help your child begin to memorize the first 4 lines of “Windy Nights”. Read the whole poem to him. Then read the first 4 lines over again. Now see if he can repeat the first line, the second, both together. Continue in this way, helping as often as he requires but leaving time for him to catch his own mistakes and correct them himself. Review “Bed in Summer” also. 

Day Assignment
1

Use the booklists in the back of this syllabus throughout the year. There is a list of books to help you observe the saints’ feast days, and a calendar of saints’ feast days. There is another list of books for the liturgical seasons of the year, and a third list of good children’s books. There should be some “read aloud” time every day. 

2

Read aloud some books from the booklists.

3

Read aloud some books from the booklists.

4

Read aloud some books from the booklists.

Day Assignment
1

Listen to track 14, “Draw Near and Take”, of the CD accompanying Alan Jemison’s 36 Traditional Roman Catholic Hymns. The object here is to become familiar with and actually learn to sing some of the kinds of liturgical songs that the Second Vatican Council, in The Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy, said were “… a treasure of inestimable value, greater even that that of any other art.” (Paragraph 112) Mr. Jemison even includes some Gregorian Chant, about which the same Council said, “The Church recognizes Gregorian chant as being specially suited to the Roman Liturgy, Therefore, other things being equal, it should be given pride of place in liturgical services.” (Paragraph 116) These hymns are suited to different parts of the liturgical year, so those in the curriculum for this year are listed in the appropriate section of the Book and Music list for the Liturgical Year.  

2

Listen to track 14 of the CD accompanying Alan Jemison’s 36 Traditional Roman Catholic Hymns.

3

Listen to track 14 of the CD accompanying Alan Jemison’s 36 Traditional Roman Catholic Hymns.

4

Listen to track 14 of the CD accompanying Alan Jemison’s 36 Traditional Roman Catholic Hymns.