The Island School, a private school on Bainbridge Island, offers an engaging 1st Grade program for students from the Kitsap Peninsula, including Poulsbo, Suquamish, Indianola, Kingston, Hansville and Silverdale.

Language Arts
Social Studies
Language Arts

Language Arts incorporates reading, writing, and oral language development. Students are introduced to a wide variety of reading materials including fiction, nonfiction, poetry and Reader’s Theater. Reading is more than the ability to pronounce words; our reading program balances phonics, comprehension and fluency. Children are encouraged to use their own experiences and knowledge to write creatively, as well as informatively. Students share their writing regularly through oral presentations. In first grade the Handwriting Without Tears curriculum is used.

In Reading:

  • Whole group instruction includes:
    • big books, charts, poems, songs, schedules, basic sight words o daily reading out loud
    • musical play performances
    • poetry
    • library program—weekly visits to the school library for browsing, selecting books to check out, and listening to a story (literature appreciation)
  • Small group instruction includes:
    • fiction, nonfiction, phonetic books, taped books, Reader’s Theater, fluency and comprehension
    • work on phonic skills, as needed
    • introduction to table of contents and index
    • beginning research—reading to learn (tied in with science studies)
  • Individual opportunities include:
    • Daily 5 program includes:
      • read to self
      • read to someone
      • listen to reading (books on tape, CD)

In Writing Process, students:

  • Participate in Writer’s Workshop
  • Write, proofread with teacher, illustrate, share
  • Practice structured writing
  • Write field trip reports and thank you letters
  • Create class books – including nonfiction writing and word work
  • Write lunch notes
  • Complete assigned writing: letters, riddles, notes, goals, wishes
  • Write and publish poetry anthologies, poetry poster
  • Write Author’s Night story

In Writing Mechanics, students:

  • Begin using capitals to start sentences
  • Begin using periods and question marks to end sentences
  • Begin proofreading their own work
  • Recognize sentences, periods, question marks, exclamation points and commas
  • Receive handwriting instruction in upper and lower case letters
  • Print legibly on lined paper, learning the correct use of lines and spaces
  • Learn spelling patterns
  • Learn correct spelling of fifteen high frequency words, plus review ten lifetime words from Kindergarten

In Oral Communication, students practice:

  • Sharing writing
  • Sharing information or objects related to units
  • Reading one's own writing at Author’s Chair
  • Problem solving
  • Participating in drama groups
  • Contributing to classroom discussions by asking questions and making comments aboutpresentations
  • Asking good questions

The Investigations in Number, Data, and Space curriculum emphasizes depth in mathematical thinking. Children develop an understanding and insight into the patterns of mathematics through the use of concrete materials. Students are encouraged to invent their own strategies and approaches to problem solving, find more than one solution to problems, and express their mathematical thinking through drawing, writing and talking. Students work in a variety of groupings—as a whole class, individually, in pairs and in small groups. Our goal is to develop flexibility, confidence, fluency and proficiency in our math students.

In Patterns, students learn:

  • To describe pattern sequences
  • To predict what comes next in pattern sequences
  • To construct patterns from a variety of materials
  • To construct, describe and extend number patterns

In Number Sense, students:

  • Read, write, and sequence numbers to 100
  • Explore relationships among different combinations of numbers
  • Develop strategies for comparing two quantities up to 20
  • Identify place value in a three-digit number
  • Count larger quantities of items

Computation includes:

  • Knowing addition combinations of 10
  • Finding combinations of numbers up to 20 with 2 addends
  • Finding the total of two or more single-digit numbers
  • Exploring relationships among different combinations of a number
  • Writing and solving story problems
  • Finding the total of several numbers by grouping
  • Adding and subtracting two-digit numbers without regrouping

In Collecting and Sorting Data, students:

  • Identify and describe attributes of various materials
  • Sort a variety of materials based on an attribute
  • Create representations of sorted sets of objects
  • Sort and categorize data
  • Explain and interpret results of surveys
  • Describe data qualitatively and quantitatively
  • Interpret data that shows value and categories at the same time
  • Compare two data sets

In 2-D and 3-D Geometry, students:

  • Observe, describe and compare 2-D and 3-D shapes
  • Group shapes according to common characteristics
  • Visualize and represent 2-D shapes
  • Build a pattern by representing a unit square
  • Construct 3-D shapes from 2-D faces
  • Visualize and describe rectangular prisms
  • Visualize, describe and compare paths between two locations
  • Visualize and describe direction turns

In Measuring, students:

  • Develop a sense of heavier and lighter by feel
  • Compare weights of objects using a balance
  • Describe and compare capacity
  • Measure and compare capacity using nonstandard units
  • Compare lengths directly
  • Measure and compare lengths using nonstandard units
  • Order items of different lengths

In Problem Solving, students:

  • Develop and record strategies for solving addition and subtraction story problems using pictures, numbers, words and equations
Social Studies

Social studies includes lessons and activities in history and geography, which include:

  • Exploring self and family
  • All-school Cultural Study
  • Introduction of maps/globes

Science is hands-on exploration and experimentation. We develop the skills of the scientific process – observing, comparing, hypothesizing, experimenting and evaluating. Although we cover certain themes each year, we maintain flexibility to include the interests of each particular class.

In Science, topics may include:

  • Boats and water
  • Dinosaurs
  • Rocks and minerals
  • Insects and plants (includes musical performance)
  • Bubbles
  • Scientist of the week (children present their own experiments)

About Our Extended Day Program

The Island School’s Extended Day Program offers both morning and afternoon enrichment programs, which are perfect for working parents. The unique activities, led by our own faculty and staff, are also a big hit with the kids. Extended Day offers a safe, fun place for children after school is dismissed, from 3:20 p.m. until 6:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. Kindergarten Extended Day begins at 12:30 p.m. on kindergarten short days and joins the older children at 3:20 p.m. Children will enjoy a general program including snacks, outside play and various exciting activities.