Congratulations! Your child is graduating and finally going to the first grade!

This is a big step for any child who will now be part of the ‘grown up’ world. They will go to a ‘big’ school, hang out where the older kids are, and even eat in a proper cafeteria. Academically, he or she will have to cope with longer school hours and perhaps extra homework as well.

As any parent, you would be apprehensive about the transition your child will make. Since your baby will not be so little anymore, you would be wondering if he or she is academically and socially ready to step out of the comfort zone.

To assess if your child is ‘1st-grade’ ready; here is a quick checklist of the skills he or she should know.

Grade 1 Mathematics:

In kindergarten, children fine-tune their counting skills. They also learn to recognize different shapes and sort them in categories.

To build the math skills required for first grade, the child should know:

  • Basic addition and subtraction from 1-10
  • Compare groups and analyze the bigger/smaller group
  • Count simple money
  • Recognize different patterns and be able to tell what comes next.
  • Use objects or draw to show simple addition and subtraction.

Grade 1 English Language and Literacy:

Kindergartners generally recognize simple ‘sight’ words and are able to write from A-Z in both – uppercase and lowercase.

Before starting first grade, your child should be able to:

  • Write his or her name
  • Write small sentences
  • Match letters to the sounds it makes
  • Participate in shared reading and writing activities
  • Ask and answer questions about a story the teacher reads in class

Grade 1 Fine Motor Skills

Before starting first grade, most children can hold pencils and crayons using the three-finger grasp. They are also able to hold and use child-friendly scissors.

Grade 1 Social Skills

Since grade 1 is part of an elementary school, a child should boast adequate social skills to co-exist comfortably with older kids. When your child starts first grade, he or she should be able to:

  • Take turns during game and academic sessions
  • Raise their hand and wait to be called on
  • Share and communicate properly with other kids in class
  • Follow rules and routines at both – home and school
  • Hold attention for longer span of time
  • Participate in group activities
  • Respect the feelings and the belongings of their peers
  • Sit for a longer period of time than kindergarten

How to help your rising first grader

Kids develop at their own pace and the above list is just a general guideline of the skills most children master before starting first grade. If you have any concerns regarding your child’s readiness, make sure to talk to their respective teacher who would help ease your worries.

And remember to practice the academic and social skills with your child during the summer break by:

  • Taking them out for various trips
  • Playing games
  • Reading
  • And interacting through role-play situations

Good luck!

Brought to you by the KidsEnglishCollege™ Editorial Team.

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