• Recognize, speak, and write a simple sentence
  • Recognize and use capital letters
  • Recognize and use end punctuation (. and ?)


  • Mastery of list of 25 most common words (green list)
  • Listen attentively to stories read aloud (10-15 minutes)
  • Be able to retell the story
  • Be able to correctly sequence events
  • Use picture clues to predict and to determine if meaning is clear
  • Ability to “buddy read” any text
  • Begin to self-correct errors when reading
  • Identify by name and sound capital and lowercase letters, including short vowel sounds


  • Write own name, first and last, in correct form
  • Write left to right with mostly correct letter formation
  • Use inventive spelling
  • Use personal, high interest, vocabulary, (names of family members, etc.)
  • Write a 1-3 sentence story


  • Follow 1, 2, or 3 step directions
  • Demonstrate active listening by remaining quiet when others are speaking and focusing attention on speaker

Oral Communication

  • Express complete thoughts
  • Make appropriate word choices (pronouns, tense, etc.)
  • Use and understand words that identify, locate or explain
  • Distinguish between same and different
  • Participate in group discussions


  • Identify position of an object 1st – 10th
  • Identify position of an object first, middle, last
  • Use one to one correspondence
  • Recite, identify and write numbers 0 – 20
  • Count objects 0 – 30
  • Compare sets using fewer than, less than, greater than, more than
  • Count by 2’s (exposure), 5’s, 10’s, to 100
  • Add to 10 using various methods
  • Subtract from 10 using various methods
  • Identify by name and values of pennies, nickels, and dimes
  • Demonstrate and tell time to hour and half hour
  • Recite days of the week and months of the year
  • Identify shapes of circle, square, triangle, rectangle, oval
  • Identify and create repeating patterns
  • Construct and interpret graphs


  • Distinguish between different states of matter
  • Understand that fossils are evidence of past life
  • Distinguish between weather conditions
  • Describe characteristics of the four seasons
  • Describe how the weather changes what we do, wear, etc.


  • Provide birthday (month and day)
  • Personal responsibility – care for self and belongings
  • Time Management – accomplishing a specific task in a given amount of time


The primary program, kindergarten through second grade, is dedicated to providing a sound spiritual and academic foundation for each child. It does this through approaches and techniques developmentally appropriate for the primary age child.

The basic religious education program provides the student with the doctrinal, scriptural and moral aspects of their faith at a primary level. Students are introduced to the traditional prayers of the Church. Daily prayer, celebration of the sacraments, and special liturgies enrich the curriculum. Prayer corners, service activities to help the poor, introductions to some of the basic beliefs – creation and God the Father, the life of Jesus, the role of the Holy Spirit in their daily lives, Mary and the saints are all part of a multi-faceted program which builds a firm faith foundation in the life of a child.

The primary literature-based language arts program, primarily through the OPEN COURT reading series, provides enriching reading and writing experiences with a strong emphasis on phonics. The child is introduced to quality literature, to phonetic strategies, spelling, vocabulary, and basic grammar.  Journals, research and creative writing   also develop the child’s writing skills.  Art is integrated into these activities when appropriate.   Handwriting is taught with the Handwriting Without Tears, a program designed by an occupational therapist.

The Math in Focus/Singapore math series is used to implement the Archdiocese of Denver math curriculum.  It includes skills such as patterns, number concepts, formation of numerals, basic math operations (addition and subtraction etc), geometric shapes, money, place value, time, problem solving, and estimation  Concepts are introduced through a hands-on, experiential approach. Technology plays an integral role in this and other subject areas throughout the primary level.

The primary social studies program is structured to help the student grow to an awareness of being a member of a wider community – family, school, church, neighborhood, city, country, world. Some specific topics are map study, holidays (religious and civil), community helpers, countries of the world and ethnic differences, family structures and appreciation of the United States. Community service projects solidify the classroom study.  Science topics include plants, animal habitats, states of matter, the solar system, the human body and nutrition, and weather.