Welcome to First Grade

with Mrs. Reed


Dear Parents,


Welcome to Mount Saint Mary Academy.  My name is Claire Reed and this is my fourteenth  year at the Mount and I have been teaching first grade for 52 years. I love it as much today, as I did on my first day.


First grade is one of the most important years your child will have in their school career!  First grade is an exciting time as children begin a new adventure in the world of learning and there are many important transitions they must make this year as they develop into independent learners.


During first grade, your child will learn how to read, write stories, add, subtract, and so very much more.  We have a full science program, and we cover social studies through monthly themes.  Here at the Mount, the children will also have  Spanish, technology, library, art, music, and physical education.


I use multi-sensory teaching methods to accommodate different leaning styles and abilities.  I hope to make your child’s first grade experience a fun and stimulating one.  My goal is to instill a love of learning that will last their entire life.


It is really important to keep in mind that children build on small successes.  Each student will progress at their own rate, acquiring skills, as they are developmentally ready. The children are encouraged to understand their own individual uniqueness given to them by God, to accept and respect another’s qualities, and to be supportive of one another.