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

  • What You Can Expect in First Grade: Here's an overview of what you can anticipate as your child navigates her way through first grade.
  • What Do Kids Learn in First Grade? : First-grade teachers use children's pride in growing bigger to challenge them to learn about more complex topics. Reading skills come into play, math becomes more complex and science and social studies expose children to new worlds.
  • Signs of Learning Trouble in First Grade: Some children learn more quickly than others, but parents shouldn't ignore signs of persistent learning difficulties. If your child exhibits several of these signs of trouble, it's time to consider further evaluation.
  • Is Homework Really Necessary?: Let's face it, most kids grumble about homework, and it's no fun to be the one making sure it's getting done. Find out why teachers give homework, and what they want your child to learn from it.
  • Struggling Learner? 4 School-Based Intervention Programs You Should Know About: If you're feeling like your child's learning problems are yours to deal with alone, take a look at some school intervention programs that might be able to help.

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 amongst the numbers that make up the family.
  • Math Games Online: These sites offer lots of fun online math games that encourage the development of addition, subtraction, and other math facts.

Working With Your First Grader

  • 5 Ways Parents Can Help With Homework: It's not just your kids who need your help with homework; teachers need your help too. Here's what you need to know.
  • Teach High-Frequency Words for First Grade Reading: Help your child learn the words she'll most commonly encounter in her first grade reading material.
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