One of the many parents worry about as their children are about to graduate from the Kindergarten level of education to grade school is what their child should know once they hit first grade and what they will learn over the course of the year. This can be a trying time in parents, especially new parents lives simply because they do not want to think that their children are somehow underprepared or behind the rest of their kids’ class. What most people don’t realize is that for the most part if the parents are spending time with the kid, reading to him or her and with him or her then their child is pretty much ready for first grade.
During first grade, one of the most important aspects of the child’s education will be determining sight words. Sight words are words that a child recognizes right away and can basically actually read. Sight words can be learned fairly easily as long as they spend kindergarten engaged and they are also practicing reading at home. Of course a first grader, especially when they first enter the grade will not be expected to recognize every word in the dictionary but they should also be able to do what is called decoding. Decoding basically means that the child is able to figure out a word they have never seen before based on familiar looks and sounds.
Again, decoding is a skill that can be learned as long as the parents are taking a concerted effort towards making sure the child is getting plenty of reading done while they are at home. Parents who work with the schools to help their kids get the best educations, parents who do not lean on the schools to be the only providers of education will see children who learn faster and more effectively.