Sight Words and Spelling Words:
This is a list of 300 sight words that your child should be able to read and spell by the end of first grade. These are the most frequently used words in the books that they will be reading this year. (Please see Attachment 1 Sight Words and Spelling Words.pdf at the bottom of this page to print out the list.)

Home Reading:
Reading at home is very important in order for your child to succeed. Your child should be practicing reading at his/her reading level. Remember...your child should be reading at a Level I by the end of 1st grade. Daily instruction at school and practice at home is key to your child's success. When reading with your child at home, please use the strategies listed to help him/her decode unknown words in the text. These are the same strategies used in class. (Please see the Reading Bookmark.pdf at the bottom of this page to print out.)

Math Timed Drills:
Starting in November, students will be given a timed math drill each week. This program is set up to help your child memorize the addition facts up through 10. As a student masters one set of addition facts, they will be tested on the next set of problems. After all of the addition facts have been mastered, your child will be able to move onto the subtraction facts. It is important for your child to know these facts by memory by the time they begin second grade and be able to apply these facts in class and at home in their work. 

By making practicing these facts fun and engaging will help your child learn the facts. You may want to make flashcards or play games with the math facts to help your child practice at home. Please keep in mind that using their fingers or a number line/chart is not memorizing the facts and will not be accepted on the timed drills. Below is a list of addition facts that your child should be practicing.

Other Math Activities:
Students should be able to count, recognize, and write their numbers up to 120. Below is a copy of a 120 Chart along with some activities that it can be used for that would be beneficial to your child. (Please see the 120 Chart and Activities.pdf at the bottom of this page to print out.)
Students should be able to write a variety of writing pieces including narrative, informative, and opinion pieces. Writing pieces should stay on one topic and flow in the proper order. Below is a checklist of the conventions all first graders should be applying in their writing pieces.

General Suggestions:
There are many things that your child needs to know before s/he can proceed onto 2nd grade. The following is a list of things that you can practice with your child at home.

-Read books at a Level I or higher independently
-Sight Words / Spelling Words
-Write a story 
-Write a report (with facts, pictures, diagrams)
-Count to 120 and be able to write and recognize the numbers
-Add and subtract numbers up to 100
-Tell time to the hour and half hour
-Know about plants, animals, weather, solids, and liquids
-Know about their community and country
-How to take care of their body, exercise, and eat healthy foods

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