first grade?

Our videos show you how to teach every first grade math concept and explain how to improve your child’s reading skills.  Teach with confidence!

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first grade?

It’s a wonderful age for learning, and the key ingredients to your homeschooling should be curiosity and enjoyment. This is a critical time for developing a love of learning. Avoid pushing too hard, requiring too much, and directing learning to the point that your child is unable to pursue interests and questions. The list below uses published standards to give you an idea of what to include in your instruction and what kinds of learning opportunities to make available, but it is far more important to explore and discover with your child on an exciting learning adventure than to deeply cover the stated learning goals.

What first grade children learn

Using the standards helps ensure that your child is learning at grade level, but they can be difficult to interpret and know how to teach.
Relax! In our membership community, Jill, a licensed and experienced teacher, shows you how to teach all of this in simple, engaging ways!

• Practice reading grade-appropriate texts with scaffolded support
• Summarize stories in three parts and retell with important details
• Describe elements of a story
• Answer questions about texts; vary cognitive questioning level
• Read different types of text and identify key characteristics of each
• Explore approaches to writing and how they change the way the reader understands and responds to text
• Identify words that create connections and imagery for the reader
• Use diagrams and organizational tools to compare and contrast texts and characters
• Identify the main idea and supporting details of a text
• Understand the purpose and use of the features of nonfiction books
• Develop an awareness of syllable structure and apply this to improve decoding skills
• Apply knowledge of long vowel patterns to read simple words with long vowel sounds
• With support, write various types of text and include characteristic features of each genre
•Use proper conventions in writing to an age-appropriate degree

• In collaboration with others, learn about a topic and then write about it, considering the use of digital tools to share information


• Recognize a variety of situations that call for addition and subtraction within 20 including regrouping and apply effective strategies for solving
• Count to 120, write and represent numbers, compare values using concrete representations, drawings, and an understanding of place value
• Place value: ones, tens, and hundreds
• Adding three or more numbers
• Develop efficient methods of adding and subtracting multiples of ten
• Understand and apply a variety of strategies for addition and subtraction and determine which is most useful in a given situation
• Measure and compare lengths by using non-standard repeated units
• Tell time to the hour and half hour with both digital and analog clocks
• Recognize defining characteristics of 2- and 3-dimensional shapes and sort and classify based on shape attributes
• Begin to understand fractions both as parts and subsets
• Make and interpret graphs of data with three categories

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• • Read books, visit museums and zoos, try experiments, watch videos, explore outside
• Follow your child’s interests and take advantage of opportunities
• Investigate light and sound
• Learn about how plants and animals survive
• Observe patterns in the sun, moon, and stars and the amount of daylight through the year
• Use the scientific method to ask questions, investigate, and draw conclusions


• Understand that the way people live has changed over time and we can learn about people of the past through photographs, artifacts, and writings
• Understand that a limited amount of goods and money prevents us from having everything we want, so we have to make choices and put needs first
• Identify trading and currency as ways people obtain goods and services they need and want
• Explore that places around the world look different and can be identified by landforms, bodies of water, and structures people have built
• Use maps to locate places
• Understand that to live and work with others in a society, people have to respect one another, treat others fairly, and take responsibility for their own actions


• Exposure to famous works and artists/composers
• Opportunity to try various art mediums and instruments
• Explore rhythm and dynamics
• Move to different kinds of music
• Talk about how different pieces of art and music “feel”


• Run, play, jump, throw, climb, balance – be active!
• Develop an awareness that different games and sports have different rules that must be followed and specific equipment that is required
• Begin to understand what good sportsmanship means and requires


first grade!

Learn a variety of engaging ways to introduce all first grade math concepts and build foundational literacy skills with our training videos for parents!  Enhance your read-alouds with educational activities that increase engagement.  And when things get tough, head over to the parenting section to find some helpful solutions or ask a question in the forum and get advice from other homeschooling parents.

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