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

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
Social Studies

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.