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Parent’s Point of View Homeschool #117: How to Improve My 1st Grade Reading Comprehension.

The first-grade level is an exciting and magical time in your child’s education. It is a time they develop and grow skills they learned in kindergarten and preschool. At this level, your child also experiences excellent improvement and growth in math and reading. First-grade math grows from just counting to addition and subtraction, while they grow from just reading single words to sentences. Learning resources at this level are skill-based and engaging to children, making it easy to learn and transit to the next phase.

In first grade, your child learns to think actively and comprehend as they read. They also learn to make sense of what they are reading, use vocabulary and understand how language works. In some cases, your child may portray some struggles in reading skills and comprehension

What are the most common causes of reading difficulty among first graders?

A Concern Parent, Georgia.

Why is reading out loud given a lot of emphases?

A caregiver, Florida.

What level of reading comprehension should my first grader develop?

A single mom, Arizona.

How do I boost my first grader’s reading comprehension?

A guardian from Florida.

What should I look out for in an excellent first-graders homeschooling curriculum?

A homeschooling parent from Maryland.

Improving first grade Reading Comprehension

Many parents have been asking us numerous questions on how to improve their first graders’ reading comprehension. While we may not cover all your questions on this forum, you can always reach out to us for more information.

What reading skills should my first grader have?

Your first grader should read out loud with reasonable fluency. They should successfully use contextualizing, predicting, questioning, and rereading in case of a comprehension breakdown. First graders should also successfully retell familiar stories and correctly answer questions about them.

How can I improve my child’s active reading skills?

Read them a lot of stories and retell them their favorite stories. Explain to them words that do not make sense and reread them until they understand. Let them know the difference between fiction and nonfiction stories. Share knowledge about stories before reading them and have “what if” discussions. Answer simple comprehension questions at the end of the story.

How do I boost my first grader’s reading comprehension?

Read together at home daily and make it fun. Listen to audio stories and make family stories fun. Explore the world around you together with your child to improve their world understanding. For example, you can go to buy groceries together.

What level of reading comprehension should my first grader develop?

By the end of first grade, your child should understand a story they have read in a book. They should also remember and comprehend stories from books that you loudly read together at home. They should answer questions about a story they read in a book by flipping through the pages to retrieve the answer.

How can I improve my child’s interest in reading?

Talk to them about exciting storybooks to raise their curiosity. Read loudly to your child and encourage them to read for you too. Speak to their teacher about their reading abilities. This will encourage them to practice reading more. Please encourage your child to share what they learned about reading in school and praise them genuinely for every milestone.

What are the most common causes of reading difficulty among first graders?

Dyslexia is the most common cause of reading difficulties among students. Kids with dyslexia struggle to understand the relation of sounds to words and letters. Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is also a significant cause of reading difficulties among children. ADHD makes it hard for kids to read and makes it hard for them to process information.

Check our programs for Individualized Education Plan (IEP) or 504 Plan.

Check this article “Supporting Your Child’s Education Through ADHD

What signs should I look out for in my first grader to determine if they have a reading disability?

You may notice that your child is struggling more to read compared to his peers. For instance, your child may struggle with rhyming games or reading rhyming words. They may also find it hard to differentiate words beginning with the exact words. Your child may also struggle to answer questions and may avoid reading activities. Low reading comprehension is also a significant sign of reading difficulties.

What do first graders learn in grammar and reading?

First graders learn to become independent readers, improve their comprehension, phonics, and phonemic awareness. Grammar skills that your first grader learns include punctuation and capitalization.

What should I look out for in an excellent first-graders homeschooling curriculum?

Find a curriculum that will keep your child engaged in a fun way and that teaches straightforwardly with familiar examples. The curriculum should also reinforce your child’s reading and writing skills. It should also give them opportunities to improve their problem-solving abilities.

Why is reading out loud given a lot of emphasis?

Reading out loud improves your child’s comprehension and grows their vocabulary. It makes reading fun and improves children’s cognition. It also improves their attention span and provides them a safe place to express emotions. What’s more? Reading out loud promotes bonding!

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Take Away

One of the greatest gifts adults can give – to their offspring and their society – is to read to children.Carl Sagan

At Kids on the Yard, we understand that solid reading skills provide an essential building block for learning. During the early primary years, your child will graduate from “learning to read” to “reading to learn.”  That is why our reading tutors teach your child how to sound out unknown words, develop strong vocabulary, and master spelling.  We equip your child with reading skills and develop a sense of self-esteem and confidence with their reading.

Check out more on how we work!

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