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5 Back-to-School Tips for Your 1st Grader

Congratulations on heading into first grade. I bet your little man or little lady is super excited to embark on this new journey. They are no longer kindergarteners and are probably pretty thrilled about this. There is much to do and so many things you can do to prepare your first grader for back to school. However, I’ve narrowed it down to five major back to school tips.

5 Back to school tips for your first grader

#1. Enjoy the Break

Summer is going to go by way too fast. It’s important to have your child rest their brain and spend time with family. Summertime only comes around once a year, so embrace those picnics, afternoons swims, and trips to the park.

#2. Practice reading

Most student entering first grade can read and they are only going to get better at it as the school year goes on. To prepare your student for back to school as a first grader, you should spend the summer reading with them. The one thing I love about reading is that you can do it anywhere at any time. Make it a point to create a book bag to take along with you wherever you go. This is a great time in life to show your first grader that reading is great for learning and for having fun.

#3. Practice writing

The reason I say practice is because it sounds so much better than homework. You can prepare your first grader for back to school by spending time writing this summer. Starting a journal and encouraging your child to draw pictures along with the journal entry is brilliant. You don’t have to spend a lot of time on it from day to day but it becomes a learning tool and a great keepsake.

#4. Create a routine

Creating a routine a couple of weeks before school starts is a great way to get your first grader ready for back to school. Get them in the routine of reading, writing, and even going to bed earlier. You can set aside specific time each day for each of these “learning” tools. Use a family chalk board to create and write out a routine that the whole family can follow. Of course, you want to make the routine flexible, but also something your first grader can count on.

#5. Dive into learning

I think the biggest focus of school should be learning. Everyone is caught up on back to school shopping and back to school extracurricular activities, but don’t forget about the learning. There are several things you can do to keep your child learning over the summer to prepare them for back to school.

Here are a few ideas:

  • Working independently (make sure you give your child some stuff to do on their own this summer to prepare for first grade)
  • Listen to a set of directions (listening to direction only gets more important as a child gets older)
  • Work on math problems this summer (go over addition, subtraction, and start practicing multiplication)

All of this prepping over the summer will make back to school easy. Work as a team to accomplish these goals, and your first grader will go far.

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