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First Grade Summer Reading List

First Grade Summer Reading List

If you're feeling flustered trying to find books that both you and your first grade child can enjoy, we've got you covered. We've cracked open hundreds of new titles to bring you this list of fail-safe favorites for first grade summer reading.

1st Grade Science: What Happens

1st Grade Science: What Happens

First grade science is a welcome opportunity for kids to do lots of hands-on exploration. What sort of things do they learn? Read on to find out!

1st Grade Reading: What Happens

1st Grade Reading: What Happens

Now that your first grader is either already reading or is certainly ready to read, you know that reading is not a single skill: It's a whole set of skills and subskills, with decoding (sounding out words) and comprehension (understanding what the words mean) at the core.

First Grade Math: What Happens

First Grade Math: What Happens

First grade math is generally made up of skills that can be divided into groups such as number sense, geometry, operations, and problem solving. To progress in math, your child must acquire several conceptual building blocks:

First Grade Sight Words List

First Grade Sight Words List

Sight words are words that appear frequently in most of the text kids read, but can't easily be sounded out. Here's a list of first grade sight words.

1st Grade Writing: What Happens

1st Grade Writing: What Happens

By combining reading skills with small motor skills and adding in spelling, your child is just learning to communicate via the written word - a skill that will be used and refined for the rest of your child's life.

Helping First Graders with Homework

Helping First Graders with Homework

Beginning first graders are sometimes put off by having more homework than they did in kindergarten. Use the following tips to help avoid homework battles.

What to Expect in First Grade

What to Expect in First Grade

For most kids, first grade is thrilling. Rarely, in fact, will school include so many "firsts": the first time most kids attend full-day school; the first time they manage a page of math problems; and especially, the first time they read a book independently, cover to cover.

Top Ten Read Alouds for First Graders

Top Ten Read Alouds for First Graders

Reading aloud to your child is especially important during first grade, when independent reading is still a lot of work. Here are 10 books that are enjoyable and hit on some key first grade issues.

Writing in First Grade: It Takes Practice

Writing in First Grade: It Takes Practice

For many children, first grade is the time when they begin to learn academic skills such as reading and writing. It's also the time when differences between their own work and that of their peers start to become apparent. Some children learn certain skills faster and some seem to learn them better. ...