At the age of six, and average child is full of energy and wants to be the “best” and the “first”. Your child may also be oppositional, silly and critical asking you all the hundred questions he has in mind. The child is now used to the established routine and may have difficulty being flexible. At this age the often fantasy becomes reality and your child gets attached to the teacher.
At six-years-old, your child is learning to understand himself. You can help by encouraging him as he:
* Develops a positive, realistic self-concept.
* Learns to respect himself.
* Begins to understand his own uniqueness.
* Gains awareness of his feelings.
* Learns to express feelings.
* Learns how to participate in groups.
* Begins to learn from his mistakes.
Signs of Difficulty
The major problem for children in first grade
is a failure to catch on to the basic skills needed for reading. When parents first see that their children are having problems with reading, they must seek help for them immediately. Reading problems don’t go away.
Your child will have trouble if he isn’t able to: Listen and follow directions, concentrate long enough to complete a task, work independently, read on grade level and verbally express their opinions, feelings, and needs.
* How to buy the right Toy for Ages 6 through 12
o For all children, adults should check toys periodically for breakage and potential hazards. Damaged or dangerous toys should be repaired or thrown away.
o If buying a toy gun, be sure the barrel, or the entire gun, is brightly colored so that it’s not mistaken for a real gun.
o If you buy a bicycle for any age child, buy a helmet too, and make sure the child wears it.
o Teach all children to put toys away when they’re finished playing so they don’t trip over them or fall on them.
Skills Your Child Should Learn this Year
During this school year, successful first graders will read independently and write legibly. They’ll have to interact not only with their classroom teacher but also with art, music, and physical education teachers. In addition, the school day will become longer and more complicated. They’ll be required to eat at school and go to and from school with limited assistance. They’ll also have some homework assignments.
Your child will learn to:
* Sound out words through their knowledge of consonants, vowels, and digraphs.
* Read at least 100 sight words.
* Locate the main idea and details in stories.
* Recall the sequence of events in oral and written stories.
* Write words legibly in manuscript form.
* Capitalize the first word in a sentence and use the period and question mark at the end of a sentence.
* Recognize the singular and plural forms of nouns.
* Count to 100 by one’s, two’s, five’s, and ten’s.
* Write the numerals to 100.
* Add and subtract numbers up to and from ten.
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