October 15, 2023

Tips for Parents With a Child in First Grade

Written by Dr. Sandy Portko, Early Childhood Expertise

Family Futures Staff
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First grade is a big milestone for children and their parents. It’s a time of new challenges and new opportunities and even during the school year, your child might still be feeling nervous about the adjustment to first grade. Here are some tips for parents of first graders to help them support their first grader.

  • Be prepared.

    Help your child get ready for first grade by talking to them about what to expect. Visit the school with them before the first day so they can get familiar with their surroundings.

  • Establish a routine.

    A routine can help your child feel more comfortable and prepared for the school day. Set aside time for homework, reading, and other activities.

  • Help with homework.

    First graders may need help with their homework from time to time. Be available to answer their questions and help them understand their assignments.

  • Communicate with the teacher.

    Talk to your child’s teacher regularly to find out how your child is doing in school and to discuss any concerns you have.

  • Be patient and supportive.

    First grade is a big adjustment for children, and they may need extra help and support at home. Be patient with them and offer them plenty of encouragement.

Always remember that your child is still growing physically and emotionally. Try to get them to open up about what they might be struggling with in school. These years are also important to laying the foundations for their school career. Here are some specific things you can do to help your child succeed in first grade and beyond:

  • Encourage your child to read.

    Reading is one of the most important skills that your child can learn in first grade. Make reading a part of your child’s daily routine and read to your child every day.

  • Help your child develop good study habits.

    Teach your child how to organize their materials, manage their time, and study for tests.

  • Help your child develop good social skills.

    Encourage your child to make friends and interact with other children. Teach your child how to resolve conflicts peacefully and to be kind and respectful to others.

  • Celebrate your child’s successes.

    It’s important to celebrate your child’s successes, big or small. This will help your child to feel good about themselves and to stay motivated.

  • Get involved at your child’s school.

    Volunteer in your child’s classroom, attend school events, and join the PTA. Getting involved is a great way to show your child that you support their education and to stay connected with the school community.

  • Limit screen time.

    Too much screen time can be harmful to children’s development. Set limits on screen time and encourage your child to engage in other activities, such as playing outside or reading.

Remember, every child is different and learns at their own pace. Don’t compare your child to others. Just be there to support them and help them to reach their full potential.

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