First grade students at Arma Dei Academy strengthen phonics, spelling, and reading skills through an in-depth program producing strong readers. Students learn about early American history, with a focus on Colorado state history. Geography is an integral part of the history curriculum as well. Students continue their study of Math in Focus: A Singapore Approach coupled with a Classical Math review. Students mature in their cursive penmanship expertise and are introduced to English grammar.



New Testament (ESV), The Child's Study Bible

  • Birth of Jesus
  • Miracles & Parables
  • Death, Crucifixion, & Resurrection
  • Growth of the Early Church
  • Coming of the Holy Spirit
  • First Graders are introduced to a survey of the New Testament, and each academic subject is taught from a biblical perspective. While each day opens with prayer and a formal study of scripture, biblical discussion is not limited to a particular class period. Scripture memory is a critical component of the curriculum. The English Standard Version of the Bible is used for memory work; readings come from The Child’s Study Bible.



      Overview of Early American History, Introduction to Colorado state history

    • Columbus
    • Pilgrims/Plymouth
    • Squanto
    • Pocahontas
    • George Washington
    • Paul Revere
    • Abraham Lincoln
    • Civil War
    • George Washington Carver
    • Buffalo Bill
    • Daniel Boone
    • Betsy Ross
    • Molly Brown
    • Geography: Our American Heritage

    • Maps and Geography of America & Colorado
    • The First Grade presents an Early American History Festival in November.



        Reading and Phonics Instruction

      • Elson Reader Book 1 (Lost Classics Book Company)
      • Miss Rumphius
      • Animal Folk Tales from America
      • The Courage of Sarah Noble
      • Prairie School
      • Little House in the Big Woods
      • Tale of Tom Kitten
      • Billy and Blaze
      • Billy and Blaze Forest Fire
      • Story about Ping
      • Keep the Lights Burning Abby
      • Stone Soup
      • The Little House
      • Tale of Town Mouse
      • Benjamin Bunny
      • Peter Rabbit
      • Lexi’s Hope
      • Treasures in the Snow
      • Little House on the Prairie
        • Grammar


          Shurley English Made Easy

        • Parts of speech & punctuation
        • Classification of pattern one sentence
        • Three sentence paragraphs
        • Songs and Jingles

        • States and Capitals Songs
        • Presidential Sound Off
        • Books of the Bible
        • The Beatitudes
        • Shurley English Grammar Jingles
          • Reading and Phonics

            Reading and Phonics Instruction

            Reading Mastery (SRA), a direct instruction program

          • Elson Reader Book 1 (Lost Classics Book Company)
          • Miss Rumphius
          • Tales From Beatrix Potter
          • Animal Folk Tales from America
          • The Courage of Sarah Noble/li>

            Skills Emphasis

          • Word decoding
          • Phonemic awareness
          • Phonics review
          • Comprehension
          • Expression
          • Reading fluency
            • Spelling


            • Prefixes and Suffixes
            • Short vowel sounds
            • Plurals
            • Consonant digraphs
            • Controlled vowel sounds
            • Homographs
            • Long vowel sounds
            • Contractions
            • Vowel digraphs
              • Penmanship


                Students develop beautiful penmanship through the practice of cursive handwriting



                • Math in Focus: A Singapore Approach
                • Classical Math 2
                  • Science


                    Students learn about God’s creation: vertebrates, invertebrates, plant life, and the human body. First grade students also spend time each semester participating in STEM activities in the science lab.



                      God Made Music 1

                    • Introduction to music notation
                    • Grand staff
                    • Patriotic songs
                    • Treble and bass clef signs
                    • Major/Minor chord Identification
                    • Half rest/whole rest/eighth note/two-eighth note
                    • Music and composing of early American history and Colorado folk songs
                      • Art


                      • Basic elements of art
                      • Color theory
                      • Beginning guided drawing and painting
                      • Draw and paint artists from early American history
                        • Arma Dei Academy offers a unique approach to education designed to encourage children to love Christ and love learning. At the academy, the goal is to provide an excellent education founded upon a biblical worldview. A classical and Christian education is critical to building the kingdom of God and to developing a distinctly Christian culture within society. This approach is uniquely:

                          In the process of educating and discipling students, Arma Dei Academy partners with parents by coming alongside them in this essential covenantal task.

                          Classical education follows the methodology of the trivium, training students in the grammar, logic, and rhetoric of each subject and teaching in a manner consistent with the appropriate stage of the child’s development. It seeks wisdom and virtue through the pursuit of truth, goodness, and beauty. Classical education emphasizes and seeks to preserve and pass to successive generations the richness of our western cultural heritage.

                          Arma Dei Academy seeks to view all learning through the lens of a biblical worldview, striving to love and glorify God. Students learn God has given them heart, soul, mind, and strength; he has immutably created and he alone sustains them to reflect his image. All knowledge is made complete when seen and understood in relation to the eternal glory and purposes of the triune God. Each educational endeavor is founded upon and informed by a thoroughly biblical worldview.

                          The course of study at Arma Dei Academy is well-rounded, integrated, and vigorous. All subjects are taught as part of a unified, integrated whole that demonstrates God’s character and glory as revealed through creation, providence, and scripture. At Arma Dei Academy, education is both rich and rewarding for all students that recognizes that all truth, goodness, and beauty are divine absolutes and are designed to develop biblical wisdom and Christian virtue by equipping students to know, love, and apply these absolutes to the world around them.