• Realize that God is good, made each of us special, and loves us
  • Know that Jesus died for us and rose on Easter
  • Understand that Mary is the Mother of Jesus and our mother
  • Know that Baptism is the way we become members of God’s family, the Church
  • Express sorrow for unloving choices and realize that Jesus forgives us
  • Realize that the Bible is a holy book about God and God’s people
  • Know some people and some stories from the Bible
  • Understand that Mass is the most important way we worship God
  • Describe prayer as talking and listening to God
  • Pray the Sign of the Cross, a form of Grace before and after Meals, and know where the Stations of the Cross are located in the church

Language Arts

  • Read one syllable and often heard words by sight
  • Understand new words from the context of conversations
  • Hear and say the separate phonemes in words
  • Print their own first name using capital for first letter and lower case for the rest
  • Demonstrate an understanding that print has meaning
  • Listen attentively to speakers, stories, poems and songs
  • Use correct sentence structures when expressing thoughts and ideas


  • Measure units of time and compare calendar elements
  • Compare and order objects of different lengths, areas, weights and capacities using relative terms such as longer and shorter
  • Develop a sense of whole numbers and represent them in flexible ways such as relating, composing and decomposing
  • Use place value concepts to represent whole numbers
  • Analyze, represent and solve simple problems using addition and subtraction
  • Represent commonly used fractions (1/2) with words and physical models
  • Count money using coins and bills
  • Compare and order objects of different lengths, areas, and weights using relative terms such as longer, shorter, more or less
  • Recognize, describe, and extend patterns
  • Recognize, name, draw and build geometric shapes e.g., circle sphere, cone and cylinder
  • Gather and organize and represent data using concrete objects, pictures and graphs


  • Understand that learning can come from careful observations and simple experiments
  • Explore differences between living and non-living things
  • Observe and explain how the sun, moon and stars all appear to move across the sky
  • Investigate structures in plants and animals that help them live in different places
  • Explain that living things cause changes on Earth

Social Studies

  • Use vocabulary associated with time
  • Identify different cultures through study of holidays, customs, folktales and music
  • Describe some ways people are alike and different


  • Identify types of lines and shapes
  • Identify colors and textures that are the same and different
  • Understand relationships such as above-below, right-left
  • Begin to explore drawing, painting, cutting, and gluing


  • Understand that music can be written down
  • Create new verses to songs
  • Explore music through body movements, singing, and listening
  • Identify classroom instruments by name


  • Understand dental health
  • Identify and explain the uses of the five senses
  • Talk about feelings
  • Demonstrate good safety rules
  • Name adults who can be trusted

Physical Education

  • Develop motor-skills
  • Participate in movement, rhythmic activities, simple games, relays, singing games, stunts, tumbling
  • Understand the importance of safety considerations

Technology Benchmarks

  • Use input devices (e.g., mouse, keyboard) and output devices (e.g., monitor, printer) to successfully operate computers
  • Use appropriate terminology for computers (e.g., mouse, keyboard, monitor, printer)
  • Use developmentally appropriate resources for directed and independent learning (e.g., interactive books and other educational software)