Sight Words   (scholastics.com)


The wonderful thing about these words being so common is that children learn them easily with repetition because they are usually words that they already have in their everyday vocabulary. 


Working hard to learn these words by sight (memorizing) pays off. It allows kids to free up cognitive resources so they can focus on the tougher words that require strong decoding skills. They are also fantastic confidence boosters. Sight-word knowledge provides reading with understanding. 


So now that we know what they are, why they are important, and what they can do, we need to figure out how parents can help. 


Have fun with these words! 

Using these lists, try out some of these simple sight-word activities at home. 


1. Sight Word Bingo

You can find many different commercial sight-word bingo games, or you can make your own. Here is a simple post from teachmama.com that shows you how. 


2. Sight Word Hide & Seek

Write sight words on index cards, and hide them around the house. Set the timer and give your child two minutes to find as many sight words as he can. At the end of the two minutes, have him read the list to you. He gets one point for every correct word. Repeat, challenging him to break his own record. 


 3. Sight Word Memory

Using index cards, write out pairs of sight words and place them facedown on a table. Take turns flipping over the cards and reading the words. If you make a match, you keep the cards. The person with the most cards when they are all turned over wins. 


 4. Meal Time Word Wall 

Make a word wall with a large piece of butcher paper. Start with two words, adding a new one daily. Have your child read the whole list every mealtime. If she has trouble with the list, do not add more words until she can read them without trouble. 


Basic Reading Comprehension

Is your first grader full of questions? Most children are! With this activity, your child can ask away and develop some important reading and comprehension skills while he's at it.

A vital goal for first grade reading is the ability not just to decode text but to make real sense of it. Your child may be able to string sounds together, but what about plot points? Can he keep all those characters straight, and follow what’s happening?

Here’s an activity that teachers use all the time, and it works at home, too! It’s simple and easy to set up, but it can lead to some very deep and complicated thinking, helping to develop those comprehension skills … just the ticket for your budding reader.


Talking and listening to children does lots of important things. It improves your bond with them, and encourages them to listen to you. It helps them to form relationships and to build self-esteem.
Some children need a lot of encouragement and positive feedback to get talking. Others will be desperate to talk to you when you’re busy doing something else. This might mean stopping what you’re doing and listening. (raising children.net)


Math: 1st Grade

by Shira Ackerman, MA        

1st graders continue to develop their addition and subtraction skills, gaining a deeper understanding of the concepts as they practice and gain mastery of these skills. In many classes, math tools and manipulatives, such as blocks, tiles, and different shapes are used to help students practice math using concrete, visible objects. This helps students truly understand the concepts underlying the math they learn. In addition, students in 1st grade may begin to write about the math they do, answering questions about how they solve problems and understand things. 

In order to build math skills your 1st grader:

  • Adds and subtracts numbers 1-20, solves word problems by using objects, drawings and traditional equations with the plus and minus signs.
  • Adds 3 numbers that add to a number up to 20.
  • Solves addition and subtraction problems by adding up or subtracting smaller numbers, for example 10+4 = 10+2+2 and 15-6= 15-2-2-2.
  • Learns the relationship between addition and subtraction, for example 2+3=5 and 5-3=2.
  • Counts out and groups objects in order to solve single digit addition and subtraction problems.   
  • Counts and writes the numbers 1 to 120, starting from any number less than 120.
  • Understands and creates numbers using 10 as a base, for example, 12 = 1 ten and 2 1’s. 
  • Compares two 2 digit numbers using the <, >, and = signs.
  • Adds up to100 using objects and the concept of 10’s.
  • Subtracts or adds 10 to a 2 digit number in her mind, without counting, and subtracts by 10 from numbers 1-90, using concrete objects or tools.
  • Orders three objects by length.
  • Begins to tell and write time using both digital and analog clocks.
  • Understands data, specifically, the total number of data points, how many are in each category and how many more or less there are in a category.
  • Understands the definition of and difference between shapes and creates shapes using this knowledge.
  • Creates 2 and 3 dimensional shapes.
  • Breaks up circles and rectangles into two and four equal parts, and understands that the parts are halves, fourths, and quarters, and that smaller parts make up larger ones. 

Math Activities

  • Add It Up and Shop: When you are in the store together, ask your child to add together different things, for example, how many fruits you bought, how many boxes of something or how many different types of fruit and vegetables.
  • Greater or Less Than?: Make three cards, one with the <, one with > sign and one with an = sign. Then play a game in which you put down 2 numbers (also on papers). Ask your child to put the correct sign between the numbers and do this is as fast as possible, seeing how many rounds he can get correct in a certain amount of time. Track how many your child got right and ask him to beat his record another time in the future.
  • Build Things: Use blocks or other building toys to construct houses, towers, vehicles etc. As you build, count pieces by tens, add and subtract pieces and pay attention to the different shapes you use.
  • Take a Poll: Ask family members a question and create a graph of the answers using numbers and pictures. Ask your child questions about the different “data” you collected.
  • Order Up: Compare the sizes of different objects. Ask your child which object is larger, smaller and smallest. Ask your child to order some of his toys in size order. Time him to see how fast he can do this!
  • Set the Table: Setting the table for meals can include lots of math as you and your child add the total numbers of utensils, plates, chairs, etc.