My name is Anne Storm and I am excited to be teaching first grade at Valley Catholic Elementary School! I am currently in my nineteenth year of teaching and my third year at Valley Catholic. Elementary Education has been a passion of mine for as long as I can remember. I received my undergraduate and graduate degrees from the University of Portland and have been involved in the Catholic School system my entire career. I live in Beaverton with my husband and two children. I am blessed to work with the wonderful families that make up the Valley Catholic Community!
Here is a snapshot of what we are currently focusing on in first grade:
- Religion God was introduced as our creator. Students learned that they were created in His image and that they are loved. They learned that God welcomes them into the school year and wants them to get to know Him better. Various Bible stories are being shared. The Second Step part of our curriculum is well under way with a focus on skills for learning. Specifically: listening, focusing attention and following directions.
- Math First grade is working on addition skills.
- Language Arts The Journeys Reading series has first grade busy working on the comprehension skills of Main Idea and Supporting Details. A review of the alphabet, including sounds, has been helping us in our reading. High frequency words are being practiced. Narrative writing is the first study in Writing. Handwriting skills are being practiced as students review the letters of the alphabet. Nouns are being explored in Grammar.
- Science First grade is learning about light and sound.
- Social Studies First grade has been learning about the various safety drills we have at school (fire, earthquake and lockdown). They also are reflecting on the importance of having rules.
- Art The changing season has been a focus in Art as students have painted fall leaves. They also created images of themselves in a torn art project and will explore the element of color using the color wheel.
“Kind words can be short and easy to speak, but their echoes are truly endless.” – St. Teresa of Calcutta