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Requirements for 1st Grade

Requirements for entering First Grade: 


  1. Recognize letters of the alphabet
  2. Print alphabet
  3. Recite alphabet (not sing)
  4. Recognize letters out of alphabetical order    


  1. Know these Buzz Words:         

                        a          all       and      are       be        come   do   down   find   for   go   good

                      have       he        help     how     I           is       like   look   make   me   my   no

                      now        off        out       play     said      see    she   take   the   this   to    we

                       what       will      with     you            

  1. Sound recognition of letters (consonant recognition and short vowels)
  2. Know how to write all partner letters    Rr   Tt   Aa
  3. Know the numbers words one –ten
  4. Know the 8 basic color words
  5. Compares, counts and matches numbers in a group
  6. Identify and produce rhyming sounds
  7. Adds and subtracts numbers within 5
  8. Should be able to count from 0-100
  9. Recognizes numbers 0-20
  10. Recognizes and names six basic shape and the 3D shapes
  11. Should be able to write and recognize their full first and last names, Ex. Robert Smith
  12. Forms numbers correctly 


  1. Should be able to verbally give address, phone number and birthday
  2. Should be able to button, zip and fasten coat
  3. Should be able to TIE SHOES
  4. Should be able to use scissors and glue properly                                                 

SELF ESTEEM: There is a correlation between academic achievement and self esteem. A bright student with low self esteem may do poorly while a student with average intelligence but high self esteem can usually be very successful.

SOCIAL SKILLS: Children need to learn how to interact with their peers, wait for their turn and not always be the center of attention. They need to learn to handle anger and disappointment as well as happy events. They need to know how to respect the feelings and property of others. We practice to work hard and be kind.

INDEPENDENT SKILLS and RESPONSIBILITY: Children need limits, structure and the knowledge of what is expected of them so they can learn how to respond and be responsible. If at home you are constantly reminding your child to clean up, put away toys, get dressed, hurry up, etc., OR rather than nagging or yelling, you do it yourself, your child probably will have trouble working independently in school.


  1. Small motor skills
  2. Sequence order
  3. Memory
  4. Sight vocabulary


  1. Bedtime – establish a routine
  2. Snacks – nutritious rather than loaded with sugar
  3. Good personal hygiene habits including teeth, hair, etc.