Secrets of Teaching
First Grade Reading
Every Parent Should Know
Are your children learning the best first grade reading skills they need in the classroom? No matter what the answer, you can work with your kids to supplement the skills they’re learning in school.
Sometimes the right skills are being taught but maybe they're not presented in a way that keeps your kids interested and eager to learn. This is where you can be a huge help by making it fun and more personalized to their interests.
As your kids are learning to read in school what is your role? Some parents delegate the entire responsibility to the teacher. Others drill their kids every night about the lessons they’ve learned that day. The best way to help your first grade reader is to be a loving, patient, and encouraging guide and continue reading together every night.
Children at this age are wonderful to work with because they still have that natural curiosity and an eagerness to learn that is critical when teaching reading. Instead of sitting them down and drilling or quizzing them on homework, why not incorporate the lessons with games and activities that they'll look forward to?
What can you do as a parent to enhance teaching 1st grade reading at home?
20 Tips for Teaching First Grade Reading at Home
- Read together EVERY DAY, but also encourage your child to read independently at times.
- Don’t drill or quiz them; engage and play and make it fun.
- Read aloud and let them follow along. Always select books your kids love.
- Take turns reading – you read a page and then let them read a page.
- Talk about the books you read. Encourage lots of questions and discussions.
- Practice associating sounds with their written letters or combination of letters.
- Read stories that correspond to the phonics sounds you are teaching.
- Practice lower and upper case hand writing – writing helps to reinforce reading.
- Play fun reading games and activities.
- Discuss new vocabulary words that are in the books they’re reading.
- Make going to the library a regular occurrence and let them pick their own books.
- Have a wide variety of books available for them to read at home.
- Praise and encourage; never punish or be critical of their first grade reading attempts.
- Incorporate teaching reading into every day events and activities. Teach without them knowing they’re being taught.
- Use worksheets or flash cards to enforce reading as a fun learning tool. It shouldn’t feel like a drill or test; they get enough of that at school.
- Point out things like capitalization, punctuation, and contractions when you read.
- Select rhymes and poems to read together.
- Know when the best reading time is for your child; avoid times when they’re cranky, hungry, or tired.
- Be a role model for your kids. Set a good example and let them see you enjoy reading on a regular basis.
- Make 1st Grade Reading Fun and interesting!
Other Helpful links:
Understanding your Children's Learning Styles
The Benefits of Reading Aloud to your Kids
First grade books your kids will love
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