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First grade: What your child should know

Follow your child's school progress in first grade with this handy checklist.

GreatSchools Blog

By GreatSchools Staff

No two kids are alike. But it helps to have a basic idea of the academic and social skills your child should have in school. Use this checklist to get an idea of what you can expect your child to do by the end of first grade:

    Work on her own at her desk

    Listen to longer sets of directions

    Read directions off the board, although some children may still have difficulty with this

    Complete homework and bring it back the next day

    Sit in a chair for a longer period of time

    Be able to see things from another person's point of view

    Care for others

    Explain things that happened to her in more detail and with more logic

    Have some minor difficulties with friendships

    Be able to find solutions to problems or conflicts 

    Crave affection from parents and teachers

    Know left from right

    Be able to plan ahead

    Write words with letter-combination patterns, such as words with a silent "e"

    Read and write common words such as "where" and "every"

    Write complete sentences that have correct capitalization and punctuation, such as, "Today is a beautiful day!"

    Read aloud first-grade books correctly and understand their meaning

    Count change

    Tell time to the hour and the half-hour

    Quickly answer addition and subtraction facts for amounts up to 20

    Complete two-digit addition and subtraction problems without regrouping

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