4832 Highland Ave.

Downers Grove, IL 60515

7:00 AM - 6:00 PM

Monday to Friday

1st Grade Curriculum


Students will learn through stories, activities, Scripture, prayer, discussion and reflection about their Catholic Faith.  Catholic Values are discussed and integrated in all subject areas.  The focus is on:

  • God’s World
  • God Loves Us
  • God’s Son, Jesus
  • The Church
  • Following Jesus
  • Signs of Love
  • Forever With God
  • Common prayers and liturgy


Students acquire knowledge of math and the ability to apply math skills to solve problems through the use of the text, activities and hands-on experiences.  The students will:

  • Identify, write and order numbers to 100
  • Add and subtract numbers to 12
  • Gain knowledge of place value
  • Solve simple word problems
  • Construct and read charts, tables and graphs
  • Use calendar and measurement skills
  • Read time to the hour and half-hour
  • Count money (penny-nickel-dime-quarter combinations)
  • Read and construct patterns
  • Learn geometry and fractions

Language Arts/Reading

Language Arts includes reading, writing, spelling, handwriting, grammar and listening/speaking.


Students will develop their ability to:

  • Write effectively using words and pictures to convey thoughts
  • Write simple sentences
  • Apply spelling knowledge
  • Apply grammar and mechanics (capitalization, punctuation, complete sentences)


Students will learn to spell phonetic words and sight words and are to apply these words into their daily writing.


Students will experience authentic literature in the form of fiction, nonfiction, poetry, fantasies, folk tales and plays. Reading fluency will develop and improve as students begin to master skills including:

  • Linking to spoken and written language
  • Develop vocabulary
  • Sequence
  • Make predictions and inferences
  • Main idea and details
  • Draw conclusions
  • Use context clues
  • Summarize
  • Recognize cause and effect
  • Distinguish between reality and fantasy
  • Use the glossary and dictionary
  • Self-appraise and self-correct while reading


Students will correctly and neatly form letters using the Zaner-Bloser manuscript.


Students will listen for understanding, follow direction and respond appropriately to the speaker.  They will use acquired language and vocabulary to express opinions and will:

  • Present material orally
  • Participate in discussion
  • Read and retell stories


Students learn through prediction, observation, questioning and explaining.  They will study:

  • Plants and animals
  • Solid, liquid, gas
  • Sound, light, heat
  • Moving and working parts
  • The Earth
  • Weather
  • Sky
  • Senses
  • Growth and change
  • Taking care of their health