First Grade

While children learn a lot in kindergarten, they learn even more in first grade. In fact, this is a year when children become learning sponges soaking up new social skills, new vocabulary, new math skills, new literacy skills and more! A typical first grader has a vocabulary of about 20,000 words and a deepened understanding of how spoken and written language works. Math brings more word problems, and students are expected to memorize basic facts to improve calculation speed. What first graders need most is encouragement. This can be a year of comparison, doubt and uncertainty. First graders generally talk more about their feelings, so teachers and parents need to be good listeners!