Course Description

Language is a gift from God and teaching every child proficient language skills is of great importance. At American Heritage we have complete confidence in the comprehensive and highly acclaimed Spalding Education International: Phonemic, Spelling, Composition, and Reading program. All of our elementary teachers have been trained and certified in the Spalding Education program. Having a unified language arts method across the grade levels allows for greater continuity and excelled reading and writing progress.

Becoming proficient with the 70 main phonograms and their accompanying spelling rules is an essential part of this specialized reading and writing success program. The students’ mastery of these language arts methods will be demonstrated through spelling assessments, notebook recording, penmanship practice, leveled reading advancement, journal writing, worksheets, and creative writing assignments. All first-grade students are encouraged to partner with their parents in completing the recommended daily reading, spelling, and phonogram homework practice.

Course Details

First Grade Language Arts

Coming soon.

Spalding, First Grade Teacher’s Guide (ISBN:978-1-935289-46-3)
Spalding, The Writing Road to Reading (ISBN:978-0-06-208393-7)

Ms. Keysha Smith

Why do you love teaching at AHS? — Where else can a teacher help students gain a passion and love of learning and remind them of how much their Father in heaven loves them each and every day!?

Life Experience That Prepared me  to teach at AHS — When I taught early morning seminary to some pretty tired Freshman and Sophomores, I learned that in order to keep their attention, and to even keep them awake, I had to be passionate about what I was teaching them.  My love and passion for the gospel and its teachings helped them to develop their own love and passion for it. I learned the power that the spirit has to reach the heart and how important it is to be well-prepared so one can speak from the heart, look into their eyes, and make it come to life!

What is Unique About AHS? — Our heart and mind approach to education not only opens the windows of success, but it awakens the soul and reminds the students of the greatness they hold within. With God’s help and a very supportive staff, I am encouraged daily to create an atmosphere where knowledge and character development are nurtured, and the exceptional can unfold. AHS is an extraordinary place to teach and learn, but it is also a place with lots of heart-moving memories, outstanding extra-curricular programs, and incredible families.

Education — Bachelor of Arts, Family Science, Brigham Young University

Why Teaching? — I absolutely love what I do! My spirit feels at home when I am learning and teaching. I love my curriculum, what the spirit inspires me to say and do, and what the students teach me. I enjoy seeing things from their perspectives.  Teaching requires a lot of dedication and conviction, but it is worth it. I love it when we reason and relate, and there are times when the rewards are truly great.

Why AHS? — The great works of literature, history, language arts, and geography are all wonderful and valuable subjects to teach in and of themselves, but when a teacher is encouraged to reason and relate what the scriptures and prophets have said within each of these subjects it goes from being wonderful to extraordinarily awesome!