How Parents Can Make First Grade Successful for Children

Reading, math skills, and socialization play key roles

Parents can take action to help children excel as they transition the from kindergarten to first grade. How will this year differ from the previous one? From how to spot early signs of a reading problem to grocery store, kitchen, and road trip math, this parent's guide to first grade breaks it down.

First Grade Basics

First Grade Reading

Read With Your First Grader

First Grade Reading List - Books for Children Entering First Grade: While it may be tempting to let your child's reading instruction stay in the classroom, it's important that your emerging reader practice those skills at home too. Here are some books to get you started.

First Grade Math

  • What Is a Fact Family?: One of the more common concepts taught in first grade math is the concept of a fact family (or fact families). If you've never heard of them, they're quite easy to relate to.
  • Build a Fact Family House: Fact family houses are a great way to teach visual learners about the relationships among the numbers that make up the family.
  • Math Games: Math games can encourage the development of addition, subtraction, and other math skills. You can play them at home or while running errands with your child.

Working With Your First Grader