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So you have a 1st grader! Are they taking on new roles and responsibilities? Turning more human-like rather than a child? Having a 1st grader is a beautiful delight as you watch them learn about the world and take in new experiences. They are able to pay attention for longer periods of time and have a strong understanding of rules and guidelines. 1st graders still require much direction from adults and frequently ask questions to ensure that they are completing tasks the right way. They typically are excited about going to school and learning to read, and their pretend play is increasingly complex. Experts suggest continuing to read aloud to them until they are at least nine-years old. Children at this age also become more sophisticated in understanding the concept of time. They love to hear stories of the past and are getting better about estimating a timeframe.


One of the best and first ways to teach a child about science is to deepen their conceptual understandings and increase their comprehension of how science is all around them. Experts suggest starting simple scientific investigations. There products can help guide these concepts and begin thinking with the scientific method. See more >>


The language skills of 1st graders continue to develop daily and it is estimated they will learn 3,000 words this year. In 1st grade, children's language moves beyond communication to development of independent reading skills. Language skills will interact with cognitive skills and lay the foundation for academic development. On average, a child should be and has the capacity to learn about 20 new words a day. Here are some products you can use at home to make sure your children are learning 20 words a day. See more >>


1st graders can typically count up to "200" and count backwards from "20." They understand the concept of "odd" and "even" numbers, and can represent numbers on a number line or with written words. They use increasingly more sophisticated strategies to solve addition and subtraction problems. They also count the sides of shapes to identify them, and can combine shapes to create a new one. 1st graders can typically also give and follow directions for moving around a room or on a map. Here are some favorite math products for 1st graders. See more >>


First-graders are becoming increasingly adept at telling time, a universal concept they'll use all their lives. Here are some products to help them become more adept with clocks, calendars and getting places on time. See more >>


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