Through a developmentally appropriate, integrated approach, K-2 learners will have regular opportunities to engage in experiences that promote positive social and communication skills.  They will learn to distinguish themselves from others, to understand others’ needs and wants, and to realize that rules, routines, and boundaries help create an environment that is safe and equitable.

Personal and Social Development


Understand Self and Others 

  • Relate self to others. 
  • Develop positive relationships with other children and adults.


Maintain Positive Relationships 

  • Use appropriate communication skills to initiate or join classroom activities. 
  • Begin to use and accept negotiation, compromise, and discussion to resolve conflicts. 


Exhibit Respectful Behavior 

  • Show respect and caring behavior toward others. 


Decision Making and Personal Responsibility 

  • Set goals, develop a plan, and follow it through to completion. 


Protect Emotional and Physical Safety 

  • Exhibit respect for physical boundaries, rights, and personal privacy in relation to personal safety. 
  •  Express needs, wants, and feelings appropriately. 
  •  Demonstrate appropriate use of 911 and knowledge of parents’/guardians’ names, phone number, and address. 

Academic and Learning Development


Develop Academic Motivation 

  • Identify personal skills, interest, and accomplishments. 
  • Participate in a variety of classroom experiences and tasks. 
  • Approach tasks and activities with flexibility, imagination, and inventiveness. 
  • Demonstrate growing confidence in a range of abilities and express pride in accomplishments. 
  • Demonstrate the ability to manage and adapt to changing situations and responsibilities


Develop Learning Skills 

  • Engage in cooperative group play. 
  • Maintain increasing amounts of concentration over a reasonable amount of time despite distractions and interruptions. 
  • Increase capacity for independence in a range of activities, routines, and tasks.


Achieve School Success 

  • Accept guidance and direction from a variety of familiar adults. 
  • Develop increased ability to make choices from identified options.


Prepare for Post-Secondary Success 

  • Develop an appreciation for learning. 
  • Develop an awareness of the roles of familiar community members and adults.


Plan to Achieve Goals 

  • Explore the steps used in developing a plan. 
  • Make short-term and long-term plans, as appropriate. 
  • Persist in activities to achieve goals.

Career Development and Life Planning


Develop Career Awareness 

  • Identify and describe roles and relationships among community members. 


Develop Career and Life Plan 

  • Identify various careers in the community.


Careers and Life Success 

  • Identify and begin using expected dispositions, skills, and behaviors in school and community (e.g., attendance, punctuality, communication, relationships, attitudes, perseverance, collaboration, critical thinking and leadership).

Global Citizenship


Acquire a Diverse and Knowledgeable World View 

  • Understand and describe the interactive roles and relationships among family members and classroom community.


Interact Respectfully with Diverse Cultures 

  • Identify self as a member of groups within a community. 
  • Understand similarities and respect differences among people, such as gender, race, disability, culture, language, and family structure. 


Promote Social Justice 

  • Demonstrate increasing capacity to follow rules and routines and use materials purposefully and respectfully.


Assume Responsible Leadership 

  • Demonstrate an increasing ability to provide leadership during collaborative tasks. 


Practice Financial Responsibility 

  • Understand that items have value