"This article for a tutor who are trying to bring a 1st grader to grade
level is an excellent guide.
"Every child develops at their own pace and should not be pressured. They
should not be compared to a standard. You show here what a 1st grader
should know at the end of 1st grade, with at least 4 months of maturity to
develop before they enter 2nd grade. 1st grade academic levels are very
crucial in the childÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s future development. A teacher can either hinder by
focusing on their deficiencies or help by creating a more positive learning
experience by meeting their needs. Children should be allowed to learn at
their own speed. Not crammed with information and then mark them with "needs
improvement" if they didn't get it. Please. That teacher is ignorant and is
probably missing out on a bright childÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s talents.
"This article is very informative.As i am teaching dyslexic child in grade
1 it helped me to know what are the things the child should know when she
completes her grade.But one thing which is not clear in this article is
'Read simple one- and two-syllable words, like cat '.The information in
this article is very helpful.
"i did this still struggling
"I need to enhance my grandson scores in reading and math to circumvent him
repeating the first grade."
"I think it's wonderful for parents of a child that was placed properly in
school. Our 6 year old in first grade has a 105 grade point average...and
they intend to progress her into second grade! Politics can not be more
important than our children!"
"This website really helped me out. It had a lot of information that is
very helpful in my classroom."
"Hi! my daughter was born in Russia and it is difficult to study in
American schools. Firstly there is no step-by-step training system in the
first graid. In 40 minutes thay trying to make a set of unrelated tasks,
the second in many schools teachers do not pay attention to the physical
condition of a student - as sitting, holding a pencil, looking at the
board, as well as no attention is paid to good nutrition.
So it is very understandable why many moms create a home schooling.
I am very worried about my daughter, because she could not understand how
to begin to read. The school could not explain the available reading
system for the child.
I bought books with sound and pronunciation of each sound Leap Frog. I
recommend, a very good help for beginners. At school, children read the
text and make him memorize, without understanding the sound balance. So if
you want to teach a child to read - start to work on the sound of each
letter - it is very well done in a playful way: call the letter - call
sound - from easy to difficult. Thus I was able to make the first progress
To all mothers and fathers Good luck in the education.
Children are the most precious treasure in our lives!!!
"This is a good idea for the First Grader to learn.
As a parent,I am very please with everything I see."
"A note for the homeschooler- your child NEEDS to be in school, based on
your comment here. Your spelling and grammar should not be passed along
to your child! Let her go back to kindergarten, if necessary!"
"Thank you this really answered all my questions and more. Very helpful!!!"
"My daughter is in 1st grade and is seven years old. We just got her end of
year report for her reading and she is reading 157 words per minute! We
thought this was outstanding but her teacher has made no mention of this
being exceptional. I work in a field where I deal with different people
of different professions and I happen to have a client who is a 'Leap'
teacher for another school district. I asked her thoughts and she
suggested that I try and have her read a third grade level book and see
how many words she can read per minute. I did so this evening and she
read 135 words per minute! Once again I am amazed or am I just that mom
who thinks her kid is gifted with reading...thoughts???"
"I have a 7 year old and she was put into homeschooling because of a few
problems she was having at school,she needed one on one and alot of
attention so I started teaching her and for 8 months she was doing
wonderful even doing 2 digit math which she is only in first grade and
here just the other day I rerigistered her back into school because she
was doing so good and they called me after only 4 hours of being registerd
back and said that my daughter was way behind and they won't even evolated
her,they said it takes to long to do that,I know this is not true because
when she is with me,she does everything that a first grader is pose to do
and more.I need help! Do I need to put her back into homeschool or let the
school system keep downing her intelligents.since she is back in public
she thinks she is stupid again and that she can't do the work.Help
someone.what should i do when the school won't even take time to help
these kids that need extra help?"
"I am a Title I reading Teacher. I currently work in a second grade
classroom and I have a daughter in the 1st grade. I would like to respond
to several of the March remarks. 1st of all, the person who says the
previous info contradicts because of the Fluency rate...keep in mind in
1st grade they learn a lot of words that are 3 and 4 letters long, with
both short and long vowel patterns, as well as blends and diagraphs. They
also learn a lot of sight words. The fluency rate is based on 1st grade
material. As they get older, the material gets harder, and the fluency
expectation goes up.
2nd the person who was talking about dyslexia, I have researched and
researched dyslexia, and honestly there is so little on the web, except
programs for sale. I am beginning to feel no one knows anything definite,
so they don't post anything definite about dyslexia.
I really liked this article and feel it is informative for parents who
often feel education professionals spout jargon."
"my grandson is in first grade, he seems to be on track as far as reading.
the teacher sends home the small books for him to read at night. he is a
huge beatles fan, i came across a book called Who Were the Beatles, it is
in a series of who was...for children. he was so excited he sat down and
read for two and a half hours, he finished the book! i know for sure
because he was reading aloud, it was a 99 page book, with pictures of
course. it's true children will focus if they are interested!"
"I am the parent of a first grader. I thought this article was excellent
and revelent for me. It gave me important information to look for during
this school year. Please keep up the good work."
why spanish is the second language that the kids can learn.What about
"Thank you this was very informative.Why have they made it so hard to get
kids help,now it takes almost a year and they still dont want to get kids
help .All they want to do is put them on medicine and get them out of
their hair.That is the way it seems.Here they give the kids 8-10
vocabulary a week and up to 15 spelling words,They expect them to know all
of them by the end of the week and take the test.my grandson is a little
slow because of a previous hearing problem and it takes him time to sound
out the words buthe can do it ,but they are failing him and still cant get
him in special ed."
"As a first grade teacher, I like to respond to some of the comments from
parents dated 03/11/2010, since they are the most recent.
To KY parent who says first grade requirements are 35 wpm: that is true
for this time of the year, but at the end of the year it will be 60 wpm.
You are so right about read, read, read. The more a child reads, the
better reader he/she becomes.
For the parent whose 7-year old son is falling behind, ask the teacher for
leveled readers (phonics-based) that are at his level. Work on those with
him. Have him read them again and again.
He will eventually get it. He may have gotten stuck at long vowels or
triple clusters or other phonics. It sounds like he may need some
intensive phonics instruction. Not all children progress at the same rate.
To grandma, sounding out names of characters may be too much to ask for an
emerging reader. Nonsense words can only be read if your grandchild has
already learned those sounds and can blend them. Help her and don't let
her get frustrated, because then she may start dislike reading. She is
obviously capable if she surpasses her AR goals.
To the parent with a dyslexic child: how do you know your child is
dyslexic? This is something that needs to be diagnosed by experts. If you
and the teacher suspect dyslexia, you need to have your child tested.
There are different kinds/levels of dyslexia with different strategies to
try. Go online and do some research.
"My son ( 1st Grader) is behind on his reading. he was taught Phonics in
Kindergarden and we had to chage schools and it's like he had lost
everything he had learned because his now does not teach Phonics.
"the list above on what to expect by end of first grade is very
contradictory. One item says 'Read simple one- and two-syllable words,
like cat' - I say to myself, ok, no problem, my first grader can do that.
But then a few items above it says 'Read out loud with reasonable fluency'
and I say, hold on, my 1st grader must be behind. There is a big gap
between reading 'cat' and reading with 'reasonable fluency'. I wish you
could be more clear."
"my son is seven and at the start of first grade he was on the roll and
reading at grade level. Now i just had a conference with the teacher and
she said he's falling behind grade level now. i need some help! What can i
do to get him to become a better reader and work harder?"
"What about the dyslexic child."
"I live in KY and the first grade requirements are 35 wpm. Since my 7 yr
old has been read to very early on she is reading and has a reading
comprehension on 108wpm! All I can say is read read and read as much as
you can. Take the time out at bedtime or whenever y0our schedule allows."
"my first grader is also learning compound words, playing word games with
a description of the compound word so the other can guess the word. She
is also learning contractions and is reading above her level. Games seem
to work really well for comprehension and creation.
"My granddaughter is having trouble with sounding out names of characters
in her books. Also the nonsense words that make the books fun, she has
trouble with and gets frustrated when she tries to sound them out. On
straight forward books, she has surpassed her AR goals every grading
period. Overall, I think that the system is doing a good job."
"My Child is beginning to read more independtly. I love her so much!"
"my 7 year old son is having trouble with his reading he is in first grade
and can't put the words together I'm trying everything possible to help
him and is not working I really don't know what else to do
"I'm truly greatful for the Rebecca Sutton Program it really does work. I
have followed their every instruction and activities for my first grader
and he has been reading fluently.Since I started the lessons with him,
He's mastered all 21 'no excuses words' as well as the 'core words'. Were
very excited about it all and we will coninue to use this method until he
can reach 65 wpm goal."
"it'd be helpful to add a list of recommended books for each stage."
"i agree about reading out loud to it self thats the way the kids learn
whats going on in the story ,, hope to move up there soon
"What does 32 mean in reading for a first grader?"
"My son is coming up to the third marking period in first grade. We put
him in kindergarten a year late due to his struggle with academic skills,
even though he has an awesome vocbulary and appears to be very bright.
My husband or I work with him every day on reading - even weekends. He
sounds out nearly every word. HE is NOT doing 65 wpm. Now What??!"
"I have a grandaughter who is in first grade the first marking period she
had a B second marking period she had a C. So far this marking period she
has an F in reading .She has problems with her fluency when she reads .
Yet when it comes to her other classes she has an A-B average all marking
periods. I have a hard time getting her to pay attention when she reads.
She becomes very distracted. I have started this week with going into a
private room in the house to see if she starts to develope her fluency in
reading. I feel that when the started the nonsense words she lost it. Why
would children be taught nonsense words. I realize I'm from a different
era and I raised two other daughters but I don't remember them being
taught nonsense words. I think this is what help my grandaughter loss her
place . "
"My son is in first grade, and in the begining of the school year he had a
lot of problems reading. He could comprehend what was read, but he was
having trouble recognizing words. His teacher gave me a list of words he
should recognize and I made flash cards for him, just using index cards.
We also kept reading together; taking turns each reading a page to each
other. Dr Suess Fox in Socks is still one of his favorites. Now that we
are in the second half of the school year, he has gone from recognizing
only about eight words, to about 65 words. His teacher couldn't believe
the progress. They have also started chapter books, such as the Magic Tree
House Series. His older brother read them and thought they were great, so
he is excited to follow his brother. Again we take turns reading to each
other, such as paragraphs. Also we go to our local library often, and he
has a great time choosing his own books. I hope this helps someone else,
but I think the flash cards for word recog!
nition helped a lot."
"My son is in 1st grade, my daughter is in Kindegarten, my daughter is reading such words as cat, dog & such in their school, but my son is now into chapter books, he is very proud of himself. I would like to help him with his re-telling, he has such a hard time with it. How can I make it easier for him to retain the information? Thank you for your time & wonderful articals! "