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Tips for 1st Grade Parents

Tips for Parents of First Graders


Give your child lots of opportunities to read aloud.  Inspire your young reader to practice every day!  The tips below offer some fun ways you can help your child become a happy and confident reader.  Try a new tip each week.  See what works best for your child!


·       Don’t leave home without it.  Bring along a book or magazine any time your child has to wait, such as at the doctor’s office.  Always try to fit in reading!

·       Once is not enough.  Encourage your child to reread favorite books and poems.  Rereading helps kids read more fluently and accurately.

·       Dig deeper into the story.  Ask your child questions about the story you’ve just read.  Say something like, “Why do you think the character just did that?”

·       Take control of the television.  It’s difficult for reading to compete with TV and video games.  Encourage reading as a free time activity.

·       Be patient.  When your child is trying to figure out an unfamiliar word, give him or her time to do so.  Remind your child to look closely at the letters and think about the story.

·       Pick books that are at the right level.  Help your child pick books that are not too difficult.  The aim is to give your child lots of successful reading experiences.

·       Play word games.  Have your child say the word as you change it from mat to fat to sat; from sat to sag to sap; and from sap to sip.

·       I read to you, you read to me.  Take turns reading aloud at bedtime.  Kids enjoy this special time with their parents.

·       Gently correct your young reader.  When your child makes a mistake, gently point out the letters he or she overlooked or read incorrectly.  Many beginning readers will guess wildly at a word based on its first letter.

·       Talk, talk, talk!  Talk with your child every day about school and things going on around the house.  Sprinkle some interesting words into the conversation, and build on words you’ve talked about in the past.

·       Write, write, write!  Ask your child to help you write out the grocery list, a thank you note to Grandma, or to keep a journal of special things that happen at home.  When writing, encourage your child to use the letter and sound patterns he or she is learning in school.


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