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Print In many ways, 1st grade is a year of important transitions — children leave behind much of the play of preschool and kindergarten and dive into developing deeper academic skills.
First graders progress from having beginner reading and writing skills to becoming beginning readers and writers, as they not only read and write more often, but with greater comprehension and ability, too. First grade is a crucial year for building reading skills.
In 1st grade, students begin to define themselves with respect to what kind of readers they are. While this is already being done in the classroom, it can certainly be done at home too.
In 1st grade, there is also a change in the classroom structure from that of preschool and kindergarten. The 1st grade classroom is usually organized more like a traditional elementary school classroom, with tables and desks at which students spend more of their time.
However, in most classrooms there is still a meeting area for lessons and class discussions, as well as areas or centers dedicated to different subjects of learning.
For instance, there may be an area with all of the math tools and supplies and a class library dedicated to reading. Technology also becomes a more important part of the 1st grade classroom as students learn about and use it more.
Keep in mind that your child will need to adjust to this new learning environment. He may get tired at the end of the day or have trouble focusing as the day progresses.
At home, give your child time to rest after school or allow him to play and exert his energy in the morning before school. Most importantly, give your child time to adjust. Like any person dealing with change, taking the time to get used to a new environment is crucial. The same applies to skill development.
This practice as well as specific reading lessons are crucial to making 1st graders strong readers. In addition, 1st graders develop their reading comprehension skills and talk more about and gain a deeper understanding of what they read.
In order to build reading skills, your 1st grader: Learns to read regularly spelled one-syllable words. Breaks up longer words into syllables in order to read them.
Knows the difference between and reads fiction and non-fiction texts with purpose and an understanding of the plot and important ideas and characters. Talks about and answers questions about the text he reads. Reads texts aloud at an appropriate speed and with expression.
Compares different characters, events, or texts. Understands the purpose of and uses common features in a book, such as headings, tables of contents, and glossaries. Begins to read grade appropriate poetry and identifies words and phrases that relate to emotions and the senses.
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