Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Reading and Spelling

Does your first grader have trouble with his reading skills? Maybe they need a little boost in spelling. Reading comprehension and spelling are a couple; they go together.

It is crucial for your first grader to master five basic skill areas–phonemic awareness, phonics, reading, reading comprehension, vocabulary, and fluency in order to be a successful reader.

As your child learns, he builds upon these skills and the skills build upon each other. Check out a good reading skills pyramid to find out what your child needs to master and when.

A fun way to practice reading and spelling skills is by playing online games. Games help reinforce skills being learned.

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Tips for Homeschooling Your First Grader

#1 - First Grade is the Doorway to your Child's Education
Help make it a positive experience for them. If your child loves first grade, odds are he will enjoy the rest of his schooling.

#2 - Your First Grader is a Big Responsibility
Do not be all stressed out or start to panic. While this is an important time in the life of your child, you might not feel ready or prepared. Relax, breathe, and have fun. Your child will learn more than you ever dreamed, but only if you are calm and relaxed.

#3 - Your First Grader is Super Important
Build importance in your child and his first grade work. Show him in simple, small ways. For example, let him sit beside you when you read, even if he is not the youngest child. Let him have special school crayons or a special pencil for use only when doing schoolwork.

#4 - Your First Grader Owns His Work
If you have children younger than your first grader, do not let them work in his workbooks. They belong to him and they are his. It is his important work. Make his work special for first graders only. Then when your preschooler gets to first grade, it will be new and exciting.

#5 - Play Learning Games with Your First Grader
Word games and letter games are full of great educational benefits. Keep a healthy balance between work and play. When the work is too hard or frustrating, it might be time to pull out a few good games.

#6 - Focus on Reading
Reading is fundamental. It is the base of his learning pyramid. If your child learns nothing more than how to be great reader (with good comprehension skills) then he will be prepared for the rest of his school years. Center your first grade curriculum on your reading program. Do not leave out other subjects at all because they are also important. It is easy to incorporate writing, spelling, language, and phonics into your reading program. Science and history can be taught during story time, which is important to any good reading program.