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1st Grade

Learning Goals for First Grade (End of Year Expectations)

Students will:
  • Ask questions and seek to learn more about the world around them. 
  • Socialize and collaborate with peers and teachers and improve communication skills.
  • Improve their fine motor skills and write letters with proper spacing and formation.
  • Increase phonological awareness through direct instruction of sounds and patterns in spelling.
  • Utilize spelling rules and known sounds to spell new words. 
  • Rote count to 200 and be able to assign the correct number of objects to a given number. 
  • Complete addition and subtraction problems using several different strategies.  
  • Tell time to the hour and practice telling time to the half and quarter hour. 
  • Explore time, fractions, and money with interactive math lessons
  • Expand scientific knowledge through exploration and experimentation.
  • Sit for an extended time to listen to directions or a story.
  • Understand and utilize basic concepts for taking turns, sharing, problem-solving, and communicating with peers.
  • Write a 3-5 sentence paragraph using complete sentences and correct punctuation.
  • Fluently read or decode simple sentences and stories. 
  • Use inquiry in science lessons and labs.
  • Use inquiry to learn about the world and people around them.
What’s FUN about First Grade?
  • Field trips
  • First-grade play 
  • Animal Expo
  • Art Class once a week
  • Physical Education Class once a week
  • Library once a week
  • Music once a week
  • Special events
  • Principal time
  • Hands-on manipulatives 
  • Multi-sensory activities 
  • Storytime/Circle time/ Songs
  • Reading Buddies with older students
  • Show and Tell
  • Schoolwide Halloween Celebration
  • Schoolwide Thanksgiving Feast
  • Winter and Spring Programs
  • Parent involvement events 
  • Two recesses a day!
  • Hands-on science exploration and experiments
  • Show and Tell
  • End of Year celebrations (Talent Show, Spelling Bee)
What does my child need to start?
  • A backpack
  • A change of clothes 
  • A reusable water bottle, labeled with child’s name
  • Lunch (Can be provided through our vendor)
  • Successful completion of an accredited Kindergarten program
What skills should my incoming 1st grader have?
  • Ability to write first and last name
  • Ability to count to 50
  • An interest in reading and attempting to sound out/decode CVC words
  • A respectful attitude and eagerness to learn

*We provide all school supplies.

At HKS, we focus on being developmentally appropriate and meeting our students where they are. Our skilled teachers build curricula around our students’ needs and strengths. This allows each child to shine and get what they need to be a life-long learner.