Kindergarten, First Grade, Second Grade

Students Entering Kindergarten

A student entering Kindergarten should be able to:

Communication Skills

Know information about oneself (name, birthday, phone number, parents’ names)
Listen and follow directions
Relate experiences and ask questions
Speak with reasonable grammatical correctness and politeness

Personal Skills

Button and unbutton, zip and unzip clothing
Put on and remove outerwear and shoes
Drink from a water fountain
Take care of toilet needs without help
Wash and dry hands well
Eat neatly with a fork and spoon

Large and Small Motor Skills

Run, hop, skip, throw, and catch
Build a tower with blocks
Hold crayons and pencils with correct grip
Correctly hold and use scissors
Trace shapes

Social and Emotional Skills

Share and take turns
Sit quietly in a group
Not interrupt when others are talking
Participate in group activities
Offer help to another child
Feel good about self and be confident

Academic Skills

Know shapes and colors
Print one’s name (using upper and lower case letters correctly)
Recognize all letters of the alphabet
Count to 20
Recognize numbers to 12
Count objects to 10


Students Entering 1st Grade

A kindergarten math student entering 1st grade should be able to:

  • Add and subtract facts to 5
  • Skip count by 2’s, 5’s, and 10’s
  • Identify numbers to 100

A kindergarten language arts student entering 1st grade should be able to:

  • Read words with blends, long vowels
  • Read introduced sight words
  • Read grade level text aloud with fluency
  • Write first and last name
  • Write a sentence with correct capitalization, punctuation, word spacing, and grade level spelling

In addition, students entering 1st grade should:

  • Recite the Sign of the Cross, Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory Be, Guardian Angel, and Grace Before Meals
  • Be attentive and participate at Mass
  • Follow and implement the first 5 Discipline With Purpose (DWP) skills
  • Recite the St. Mary-Basha Catholic School Mission Statement
  • Know the St. Mary-Basha Catholic School Student Learning Expectations

Students Entering 2nd Grade

A first grade math student entering 2nd grade should be able to:

  • Add facts to 10
  • Subtract facts to 10
  • Skip count by 2s, 5s, 10s

A first grade language arts student entering 2nd grade should be able to:

  • Read independently on grade level for a minimum of 15 minutes
  • Read aloud - practice comprehension, fluency, correct pauses
  • Write a 3-4 sentence paragraph to support a main idea (using first, next, last)
  • Use nouns, verbs, adjectives, and pronouns correctly in simple sentences

In addition, students entering 2nd grade should:

  • Know basic Catholic prayers (including the Peace Prayer)
  • Know the basics of Mass
  • Follow and implement the first 5 Discipline With Purpose (DWP) skills
  • Recite the St. Mary-Basha Catholic School Mission Statement
  • Know the St. Mary-Basha Catholic School Student Learning Expectations