WELCOME TO THE FIRST GRADE!
In addition to dealing with boundless energy levels and intense emotions, children preparing for 1st grade will face new responsibilities in school. Your child will learn to adjust to a longer school day, take more ownership of his/her homework, and learn to get around by themselves.
Skills Acquired During 1st Grade
The emphasis remains firmly on developing your child’s reading and math skills, but lessons in religion, music, art, social studies, science, and physical education will be incorporated as well. Although some skills will resemble those your 6 year old learned in kindergarten, keep in mind that 1st grade is mostly about mastering lessons previously taught.
Preparing for 1st Grade Reading
Expand sight-word vocabulary
Recall the sequence of events in oral and written stories
Discuss story elements such as plot, character, events, and setting
Understand basic punctuation (capitalize first letter of a sentence, use periods and question marks, etc.)
Identify the main idea and details in a story
Recognize single and plural forms of nouns
Write in complete sentences
Differentiate between fiction and nonfiction stories. Memorize and correctly spell between 130 and 150 words
Preparing for 1st Grade Math
Understand greater than, less than, lighter than, heavier than, the same as, etc.
Recognize and write numbers up to 100
Count by twos, fives, and 10s to 100
Mentally add numbers to 10
Add and subtract to 20
Add and subtract with pennies, nickels, dimes, and quarters
Tell time to the hour and half hour
Identify, describe, and reproduce patterns with numbers, shapes, colors, or words
Use simple graphs to record information
Recognize simple mathematical symbols (e.g., “+”, “=”, “>”,”<”)
Read thermometers and use measuring tools like rulers