• What Your First Grader Should Know and Be Doing At the Beginning of First Grade....

    What First Graders Should Be Doing….

    • Use handwriting lines correctly (words should rest on the line without hovering or slanting off the line)
    • Use alphabet at home for correct letter and number formation
    • Correct and recognize reversals
    • Write first and last name in lowercase letters, except for the first letter of each part of their name
    • Only capitalize important names and words
    • Use phonetic spelling to write words and simple sentences
    • Use finger spaces between words
    • Read simple sight words
    • Know all number words, color words, pronouns, and simply family words in context
    • Know how many days are in a week, months in a year, and seasons in a year (and be able to name them)
    • Know complete name and personal address including phone number, address, city, state, and birthday (complete with year of birth)
    • Be able to tell before and after (numbers, seasons, months, days of the year, letters). Be comfortable with sequences.
    • Know family information (parents’ names, parents’ occupations)
    • Know all simple shapes
    • Know the alphabet, the letter names, the letter sounds, and which ones are vowels
    • Know the difference between consonants and vowels, why vowels are important, and be able to tell you the two sounds each vowel makes (long and short sounds)
    • Tie shoelaces
    • Use correct pencil grip
    • Ask complete questions and be able to answer who, what when, why, where, and how questions with the correct answer
    • Be able to follow three step oral directions in order (first, brush your teeth, then get changed for bed, and finally get your clothes out for tomorrow)
    • Begin feeling comfortable working alone and gaining independence (on projects, homework, reading)

Last Modified on August 17, 2017