The First Grade team at Troutman Elementary School are actively involved in teaching reading, writing and math using the Common Core State Standards. This is a very systematic method designed to make active readers out of all children. Letterland is used for teaching reading, writing, and spelling. Envision Program along with a hands-on approach is used for teaching math. Manipulatives facilitate students' learning of mathematical concepts, skills and understanding. We enrich our writing with current Science and Social Studies big ideas relating to real world events. Every classroom has several computers with internet capabilities, access to classroom laptops, ability to schedule class time in the mini computer lab. The Common Core Curriculum is enhanced through Computer Lab, Art, Music, Library, Science Lab and Physical Education programs. We strive to develop lifelong learners that are independent thinkers with the ability to understand and be understood in a nurturing and caring atmosphere.