1st and 2nd Grade

 
Mr. Herd with some of his first and second graders during Class Colors Day.

Mr. Herd with some of his first and second graders during Class Colors Day.

 
 
I love being at Alameda Christian School. We are a true learning community who love God and each other.
— Duaine Herd, 1st and 2nd Grade Teacher

Curriculum & Areas of study

 

Language Arts

Students learn vowel sets, parts of speech, consonant blends, consonant digraphs, etc. to help them become fluent readers.  During Reading, students use guided reading books to develop both fluency and reading comprehension. Students also learn how to write a paragraph and utilize adjectives and verbs in order to make their writing detailed.

Social Studies

Students learn about communities through reading and walks through the Alameda neighborhoods.

Mr. Herd’s students learned about and enjoyed different dishes from many cultures and communities during the school-wide Christmas feast!

Mr. Herd’s students learned about and enjoyed different dishes from many cultures and communities during the school-wide Christmas feast!

Math

Students learn how to add, subtract, multiply and tell time through Direct Instruction, learning stations, worksheets and whiteboard use.  First and Second grade follow the Saxon Math Curriculum.

Science

Students learn about states of matter, solutions, parts of the body, and plants through both textbooks and hands on science experiments.

Bible

Students learn the Old Testament through stories, such as the life of Abraham, Moses, and Joseph. Students also learn about and discuss the life of Jesus through his testimony and miracles.

 
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Background and teaching experience

Mr. Duaine Herd earned his Preliminary K-6 teaching credential from St. Mary's College in 2010 and Professional-Clear K-6 teaching credential for California in 2015. Herd previously taught Kindergarten, 3rd grade, and 5th grade in Concord and Antioch, in addition to serving as a long-term substitute for grades 2 and 3. This is his 3rd year teaching the 1st/2nd grade combination class at Alameda Christian School.