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
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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