Early Elementary (K-2)

Kindergarten at a Glance

In Integrated Language Arts, students begin with concepts of print, letter identification, and formation, phoneme awareness, and basic sentence structure.  They work to develop pre-reading and reading skills to become emergent readers.  Students also learn to print uppercase and lowercase manuscript.

In math, students work with shape identification and recognition, comparison of numbers, number identification, formation, and order, calendar math, and basic addition concepts.

In religion, children learn of God’s love through Bible stories, simple prayers, and songs.  They begin to develop a personal relationship with God as they participate in activities, which focus on the Trinity, Holy Days, and the importance of Mass.

First Grade at a Glance

In Integrated Language Arts, students strengthen reading skills through blending phonemes, recognizing sight words, decoding, and using reading strategies.  They make predictions, visualize, and develop stronger comprehension.  They will also compose several writing samples, such as narrative and explanatory pieces.

In math, first graders learn addition facts, how to attack word problems, coin recognition and values, measurement, time, geometry, and graphing skills.  Skip counting and place value are also explored.

In religion, students learn about the Mass, scripture stories, sacraments, and special times in our Church’s calendar, such as Advent and Lent.  They also focus on our family of faith, and how we help each other through service.

Second Grade at a Glance

In Integrated Language Arts, second graders learn how to use more complex strategies for reading and reading comprehension.  Various genres are offered and experienced.  Students produce multiple writing samples, which begin with a simple paragraph and stretch into story writing, expository writing, and persuasive pieces.  Students also learn cursive writing during the year.  Once a week, second graders enjoy the Reading Dog Program.  The children orally read to specially trained dogs.  This helps with fluency and strengthens their love of reading!

In math, students work with addition and subtraction facts, and they move on to double-digit addition and subtraction with regrouping.  Children learn to read analog clocks to five minutes, graph, measure, skip-count (which leads to multiplication), count money and make change, identify problem-solving strategies, and work with geometric theories.

In religion, students gain a better understanding of the Mass and how they can participate through prayer, singing, and responses.  They learn about the sacraments, the commandments, and what we believe as Catholics.  The children learn about the scriptures and how these stories help to form our faith.  They prepare to receive First Reconciliation and First Holy Communion.