Reading and Math Strategies for
1st Grade Parents
Here are a few things that you can do to help build your child's literacy skills:
- If reading time is difficult, feel free to share in the reading. Taking turns and having discussions will help build your child's comprehension skills.
- If your child can’t sound out a word, suggest skipping it, reading the rest of the sentence, and deciding what word would make sense.
- Leave notes on the refrigerator or in a lunch bag for your child to discover and read.
- Take your reader to the library to sign up for his or her own library card.
- Choose books on your child's reading level. You may also choose a book or two that the next level up to build their skills.
- When your child reads aloud, help them catch and correct their own mistakes by asking guiding questions. For example, you might ask, “Does that word really make sense here? What letter does it start with? What do you think the word could be?”
- Talk about the books you read together and about the books your children are reading on their own.
- Don’t stop reading aloud! Developing readers can read simple chapter books alone, but they still need you to help read the kinds of books that will challenge their thinking and build their vocabulary.
- Suggest that your child read to a younger brother, sister, or neighbor. It will be good practice, a chance to show off skills, and an inspiration for the younger listener.
- Ask your child questions as they read to check for understanding.
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