During first grade, your child will want to become even more of an independent reader. 

Tip 1: Ask your child’s teacher for a list of sight words, then print that list and hang it on the back of the front seats of your car so your child can practice reading sight words while they’re en route to and from school. To make a game of it, see how many words they can read aloud to you when you’re stopped at red lights.

Tip 2: Comprehension, or understanding what they read, is an important part of reading. As you read with your child, or when your child reads to you, stop every few pages and ask them: What happened? What do you think will happen next? Why?

Tip 3: Your child wants to read to you, but might be lacking stamina, or the ability to read for many minutes at a time. Alternate reading a page, then having your child read a page, both to model good reading, and to help your child build stamina for their own reading.

Tip 4: First graders are figuring out how to read dialogue and understand who is saying what in the stories they read. Bring home books with a comic book format or actual comic books, then you can each take a character or two to read.