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1st Grade

Our English Foundation programs provides students with the opportunity to master reading and writing skills and strategies, with focus on phonics, phonological awareness, high-frequency words, spelling, handwriting, grammar and vocabulary practice.









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Intensive English: 1st Grade


In Intensive English: 1st Grade, students will read advanced texts in an effort to hone their reading comprehension skills. In addition to reading comprehension, students will learn foundational practices for analyzing literature. This course includes a focus on language acquisition through phonics and word recognition and guided vocabulary study. In addition, there is an explicit emphasis on developing a command of the conventions of English writing, as Ms. Paula teaches students grammar and sentence structure rules. Students engage in various writing activities to practice what they learn in class and to prepare them for frequent, lengthy writing work of the later elementary years.


Students who enroll in this course should expect light weekly homework. The weekly lessons and independent practice prepare students to excel and thrive in their elementary years, where a strong language foundation is critical to success.


  • Reading Skills

    • Phonics and Phonemic Awareness - ​Recognize digraphs, sound blends, vowel sounds, inflectional endings (-s, -es, -ing, -ed) and syllables.

    • Recognizing Sight Words - Recognize grade-appropriate words and reading strategies for approaching new words

    • Sentence Types - Recognize types of sentences including statements, questions, and commands

    • Comprehension of Text - Able to identify key details, main topic, characters, setting, plot, cause & effect, compare & contrast

  • Writing Skills

    • Handwriting Skills - Able to form letters comfortably and eligibly

    • Spelling - Able to spell age-appropriate words correctly

    • Forming Sentences - Understand basic sentence structure, rules of capitalization, use of punctuation

Class Structure

  1. Focus on Phonics - Students focus on a given vowel, sound blend or digraph each week

  2. High-Frequency Words - Review and application of age-appropriate sight words

  3. Structural Analysis - Introduction of different word structures each week i.e. contractions, inflectional endings, double final consonants, etc.

  4. Comprehension Exercise - Students are introduced to a different text each week to apply and learn a wide variety of reading skills

  5. Writing Exercise - Students will further reflect their understanding of the text through writing exercises to practice their writing skills

Ages 6 - 7 
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Paula Sim

Paula Sim is a professional actress who has performed in theatre festivals and productions in New York City, London and Singapore. She has over 10 years of experience in the industry, and holds an MFA in Acting from Rutgers University as well as a BA in Theater Studies from the National University of Singapore.

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