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Your first grader and reading

First graders learn new ways to sound out words and decode their meanings.

By GreatSchools Staff

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Independent readers

First-graders are just beginning to become independent readers, learning strategies to decode unknown words. Children typically have many opportunities to read — independently, in groups, or with a partner, and parents can also use audiobooks to pique their childrens' interest in books. By re-reading stories, first-graders can increase their reading speed and comprehension of the material. In first grade, students should also learn about the variety of purposes for reading — for pleasure, for research, or for practical reasons like getting directions from a sign.