Checklist for Parents of -First Graders
My child knows all the letters of the alphabet. My child knows the difference between letters and words, and knows there are spaces between words in print. My child knows that written words represent speech and can show how words are represented by letters arranged in a specific order.
My child asks questions (how, why, what if?) about books she is reading.
My child knows some punctuation marks and where sentences and paragraphs begin and end. My child can put together (blend)and break apart the sounds of most one-syllable words and can count the number of syllables in a word.
My child can sound out words he doesn't know, and recognize some irregularly spelled words, such as have, said, you, and are.
My child uses simple punctuation marks and capital letters.
My child reads first grade books aloud, and can tell when he/she cannot understand what he/she is reading.
My child reads and understands simple written instructions.
My child uses what he/she already knows to enrich what he is reading.
My child predicts what will happen next in a story.
My child is curious about words and uses new words when he/she speaks and writes.Second Graders My child answers "how","why", and "what-if" questions, and recalls information, main ideas, and details after reading.
My child pays attention to how words are spelled and correctly spells words he/she has studied.
My child spells a word the way it sounds if he/she doesn't know its spelling.
My child learns new words and shares them at school and at home.
My child uses clues from the context and his knowledge of word parts to figure out what words mean.
My child learns new words through independent reading.
My child uses parts of speech (nouns, verbs, adjectives, adverbs) correctly.
My child reads for specific purposes and specific questions, and explores topics of interest on his/her own.
My child takes part in creative responses to stories, such as dramatizations and oral presentations. My child writes for many different purposes and writes different types of compositions (for example, stories, reports, and letters).