Ten Things Your Child Should Know about Reading, Writing, and Math: 1st Grade

First Grade

In first grade a child gets into the thick of addition.  He or she will learn more about basic addition facts and will even begin to demonstrate command of certain fundamentals.  It is so important to make sure your child is comfortable with addition because in second grade they will focus even more on subtraction and many teachers will expect that a child has already learned the basics of addition. 

Also, children will take leaps and bounds as it relates to their reading skills.  The first few years of school are really the foundational years, because children learn the skills that will drive them for the rest of their lives as they begin to learn about new subjects in the future.

Selected Skills:

  1. My child knows both the long and short sounds for each vowel (i.e., a, e, i, o, u, and sometimes y) and knows how to apply special rules, such as the use of the silent “e.”
  2. My child reads regularly on his or her own for at least fifteen minutes per day and understands what he or she reads.
  3. My child can comprehend and complete simple word problems requiring addition and/or subtraction. For example: “John walked two blocks to get to the store and one block to his friend’s house. How many blocks did he walk in total?” Answer: John walked three blocks.

Our book, Ten Things Your Child Should Know about Reading, Writing and Math: 1st Grade, may be able to help you guide your child's development of important skills.