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Parent’s Guide

to Support Learning from Home

Grade 1

Entering 1st grade provides your child a foundation for learning as they develop more academic skills. While you’re at home looking to engage your child, the following list of academic skills and educational activities can help support you through these crucial milestones! This list highlights those academic skills you can focus on at home with your 1st grader. We have also included a variety of ageappropriate activities that will entertain, educate, and engage your child! 


  • Count, write, add, and subtract numbers from 1 to 120
  • Uses the <, >, and = signs to compare 2-digit numbers
  • Order 3 objects by length
  • Learn the relationship between addition and subtraction, for example: 8 + 2 = 10 and 10 – 8 = 2
  • Learn to create both 2D and 3D shapes


  • Recognize and write characters of a sentence: first words, capitalization, and ending punctuation
  • Understand the spelling and sound of 2 letters that make one sound (th, ch, wh)
  • Learn to discuss and talk about a text after reading
  • Learn to respond to questions by looking up answers
  • Understand that writing is a multi-step process that involves prewriting, doing a first draft, revising their work, and editing the final piece


  • Explore and experiment with the world around them with objects found at home or provided by the teacher
  • Learn facts about science topics such as: human body, ocean and sea life, animals, measurement, electricity and magnetism, sound, and matter (the difference between solids, gases, and liquids)
  • Make and record observations
  • Use their 5 senses to observe and describe changes in objects they encounter