1st grade Language Arts Parenting Tips

This guide provides an overview of what your child will learn by the end of 1st grade in English language arts/literacy.

This guide is based on the new Common Core State Standards, which have been adopted by more than 45 states. If your child is meeting the expectations outlined in these standards, he or she will be well prepared for 2nd grade.

English Language Arts & Literacy  - A Sample of What Your Child Will Be Working on in 1st Grade

■ Using phonics (matching letters and sounds) and word analysis skills to figure out unfamiliar words when reading and writing

■ Getting facts and information from different writings

■ Writing about a topic, supplying some facts, and providing some sense of opening and closing

■ Taking part in conversations about topics and texts being studied by responding to the comments of others and asking questions to clear up any confusion

■ Producing and expanding complete simple and compound statements, questions, commands, and exclamations

■ Identifying the correct meaning for a word with multiple meanings, based on the sentence or paragraph in which the word is used (e.g., deciding whether the word bat means a flying mammal or a club used in baseball)

■ Learning to think about finer distinctions in the meanings of near-synonyms (e.g., marching, prancing, strutting, strolling, walking)

Talking to Your Child’s Teacher

When you talk to the teacher, do not worry about covering everything. Instead, keep the conversation focused on the most important topics.

In 1st grade, these include:

■ Reading grade-level text with understanding and fluency

■ Learning from, enjoying, and getting facts from books he or she reads and listens to

Help Your Child Learn at Home - English Language Arts & Literacy

Try to create a quiet place for your child to study, and carve out time every day when your child can concentrate. You should also try to sit down with your child at least once a week for 15 to 30 minutes while he or she works on homework. This will keep you informed about what your child is working on, and it will help you be the first to know if your child needs help with specific topics.

 Additionally, here are some activities you can do with your child to support learning at home:

■ Encourage your child to read to you books such as Little Bear by Else Holmelund Minarik. Help him or her sound out difficult words. To find more books for your child to read, visit www. corestandards.org/assets/Appendix_B.pdf

■ Pick a “word of the day” each day starting with a different letter

■ Have your child write the word and look for other things beginning with the same letter

Source: http://www.capta.org/

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