September 1st Grade Skills
These are the skills that your child will be working on for the month of September as well
as some suggested ways that you can help support his/her learning.
Subject Skills Suggested Activities
Students will be learning/showing: Start by having your child name his/her index
Reading That letters have sounds and that finger. He/she can name it “reader finger” or
those sounds/letters are used to something else he/she will remember. Have your
make words when blended child then use that finger to touch each word as
together as well as on their own. he/she reads. It sometimes helps to underline or
use a different color for each word. Then have the
How to read sight words
child take a “walk” with his/her reader finger.
Students will be learning/showing: 1. Begin by counting to 10. You can use objects
How to count forwards to 100 by such as macaroni, sticks, or marbles.
ones and tens 2. Using a number line is a good way to count
How to count backwards from 20 backwards. Number from 1-20 with fairly big
by ones numbers. Begin by counting forwards and touching
Math each number as you count. Then do the same but
How to use first, second, third, start at 20 and go backwards. Make a game of it by
etc… seeing who can count backwards fastest.
How to read, write, compare and 3. Talk to your child about the name of the grade
put in order whole numbers to 100 he/she is in – first grade. Ask which grade will
How to use pictures and objects to come next. Continue through 10 .
solve addition and subtraction 4. Have your child practice reading the days of the
problems week from a calendar. Ask them to point to a
How to tell time to the hour certain day of the week then have them tell you the
The days of the week in order and day before (yesterday) and the day after
be able to use a calendar to find (tomorrow) for that day of the week.
yesterday and tomorrow.
Students will be learning/showing: Decide with your child something that he/she is
How to write about what interested in or think of some recent activity the
she/he has seen, done, or child has completed. With your child, have him/her
tell you the “important facts”. For the first few
attempts you write the 3-4 sentences. Take time to
How to come up with ideas for point out how each sentence ends with punctuation
writing stories, poems, letters and begins with capital letters. Also point out that
Writing and then writing a rough draft. there are spaces between words reminding them
How to write in print so that that letters make words and words make
his/her words can be read by sentences. As the month goes along, have your
others. child begin to write the sentences on his/her own
after saying what it is he/she intends to write. Make
How to write a complete
sentence with words spaced so
they can be read.
How to edit using correct
capitalization, punctuation, and
1 grade level spelling.