The primary unit strives to meet and develop the spiritual, intellectual, emotional, and social needs of each child in a positive and caring environment. The primary unit consists of kindergarten, first, and second grade students. Emphasis at this level is placed on the areas of Religion, Language Arts, Math, Social Studies, Science, Computer, Physical Education, Music and Art. Also, Spanish classes are continued in these grades.
The Religion curriculum focuses on our relationship with God and others, elements of the Mass, and the Church as a community. The sacraments are discussed at each grade level with an emphasis on Eucharist and Reconciliation in second grade. The children participate in service projects and liturgical events.
Language Arts encompasses reading and phonics, grammar, spelling, and composition. The students learn the fundamental skills through exposure to a variety of literature, author studies, poetry, library and story time, literature circles, and independent reading. Students are challenged to work to their highest potential.
Mathematics in the primary grades concentrates on mastery of basic facts, skills, and concepts. Fundamental skills are taught through the use of manipulatives, problem solving, and critical thinking.
The children are generally given a twenty-minute recess period. Recess is an opportunity to interact with peers, exercises bodies, and practice appropriate social skills. In the primary grades, each child is expected to spend some time doing homework each school night. The amount of time should follow these approximate guidelines: 10 minutes for first grade; 20 minutes for second grade; and 30 minutes for third grade. This homework should include specific assignments and practice in reading and math.