The 1st grade curriculum at St. Charles includes both academic and religious study, including: English/language arts, math, science, social studies, and religion.

Our 1st grade teachers are Beth Hess and Marilynn Seashore.

1st Grade Academic Study


English/Language Arts

English/Language Arts

  • Vowel (Short and Long Sound) and Consonant Recognition
  • Decoding Skills Necessary to Read Words
  • Blends, Onsets and Rhymes
  • Story Elements
  • Sentence Structure
  • Punctuation, Capitalization
  • Character Traits in a Story
  • Fiction versus Non-Fiction
  • Comprehension Skills
  • Finding Main Ideas and Supporting Events
  • Test-Taking Skills
  • Journal, Creative Story and Narrative Writing
  • Handwriting
  • Nouns and Verbs
  • Spelling Strategies and Spelling Study Skills


  • Addition and Subtraction
  • Numerical expressions
  • Greater than, Less than
  • Basic geometry, both flat and dimensional shapes
  • Basic measurement
  • Number sense
  • Numbers to 100- counting in groups of 2, 5, and 10
  • Telling time to the hour and half hour
  • Calendar work- days of the week and months of the year
  • Story problems
  • Money- learning and counting coins to $1.00


  • Our 5 Senses
  • Living vs. Non-living
  • Mass
  • Pumpkin Science
  • Plants- life cycle, what they give us
  • Camouflage vs Adaptation
  • Food Chain
  • Earth Day- the 3 R’s, natural resources
  • Composting
  • Nocturnal animals
  • Germs
  • Magnets
  • Penguins – life cycle, close study on one species
  • Research skills – using other sources and maps
  • The 4 Seasons
  • Our environment- water, land, plants, animals
  • Animals – groups of animals, their needs & environments
  • Space- Earth’s moon, stars, astronauts, space travel, our solar system, and exploration of space
  • Each child completes a Space Project including a written and creative piece to present to all the 1st graders & families


Social Studies

Social Studies

  • Good Citizenship
  • Our Neighborhood
  • Our Presidents and other leaders
  • Map skills
  • Global directions (N,E,S,W)
  • President’s Day, Independence Day, Earth Day, Martin Luther King JR. Day
  • Schools “Then and Now”
  • School workers
  • Fire Safety
  • Olympics (When an Olympic year)


  • Colors: red, blue, yellow, green
  • Numbers through 20
  • Simple sayings
    • Hello
    • Goodbye
    • My name is
    • I am _____ years old
    • Merry Christmas
    • Happy mothers Day, Happy fathers Day
  • Blessed Juan Diego
  • Our Lady of Guadalupe
  • Las Posadas
  • Mexican Fiestas
  • Mexican Traditions and Stories
  • Mexican Crafts
First Grade Religious Study

First Grade Religious Study

  • Image of God
  • Angels and Grace
  • The Blessed Trinity
  • Golden Rule
  • Mary and many of her apparitions
  • Jesus – Christmas, Easter Triduum, Ascension, Stations of the Cross, His Miracles, the Our Father prayer.
  • The 12 Apostles
  • The 10 Commandments & Moses
  • The 8 Beatitudes
  • The Corporal Works of Mercy
  • Catholic Lenten Practices
  • Catholic Advent Practices
  • Service projects (May Day and Valentine’s Day)
  • Adam and Eve
  • The story of Creation
  • King David & the book of Psalms
  • The Rosary
  • How to pray (self-created, prayer list, certain times etc)
  • Prayers: The Apostles Creed, the Our Father, Hail Mary, the Glory Be, the Fatima prayer, the Hail Holy Queen prayer, the St. Michael prayer, the Angel of God prayer, 5 or more table graces, and the Divine Mercy Chaplet.
  • The Church/The Pope – present and past
  • Daily celebrated Saints and specifically: St. Charles Borromeo, St. Therese the Little Flower, St. Bernadette, Blessed Juan Diego, St. Blaise, St. Patrick and St. Joseph
  • The 7 Sacraments, with an emphasis on Baptism
First Grade Computer Lab

Kindergarten Computer Lab

  • Learning How to Use the Space Bar, the Return Button, the Delete Button, and the Shift Button
  • Letter and Number Keys
  • How to Capitalize Letters
  • How to Type Your First and Last Name
  • How to Type A Sentence with Capitalization and Punctuation
  • The Use of Games and Activities Online that Support Kindergarten Academic Goals, Like Letter and Number Recognition, General Math Skills, Sight Words, etc.

St. Charles school is supported by St. Charles Borromeo Parish in St. Anthony Village, MN.  At St. Charles we provide a solid foundation of Faith & Knowledge for Life.  To schedule a tour, request more information, or enroll a student, please contact us by email or phone (612) 781-2643Spanish option: Si prefiere una respuesta de alguien que habla espanol, por favor indiquelo en su mensaje.