First Grade Summer Expectations
All children need a summer plan to keep them motivated to learn. Three things can happen during the summer months: 1) your child can regress three months, 2) your child can maintain their year’s growth, or 3) your child can continue to learn. (PDF of the Summer Expectation is available to download at the end of this page.)
These summer expectations further aid students in reinforcing concepts taught in 1st grade, to prepare them adequately for 2nd grade. There are three important educational areas that must be integrated into your child’s learning this summer. They are:
- Reading Comprehension
1. Reading: Reading for fluency and comprehension are a must, especially during the summer months.
- Students can use RAZ Kids, MyOn, Lexia, and/or Epic. These online apps will help further your child’s fluency and love for reading.
- While reading, it is important for adults to listen to the child’s fluency and to discuss the book with the child to enhance comprehension.
The following questions can be used to help them with their comprehension skills:
- Look at the cover and the title of the book. What do you predict this book will be about?
- Was your prediction of the book correct? If not, how was it different?
- Who was your favorite character in the book, and why?
- What was the main problem in the story? How was it solved? How did the story end?
- List four events that take place in order.
- Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?
2. Math: Interact with your child and create games to make learning math fun!
- Beach Ball Math: All you need is a beach ball, sharpie or marker, and someone to play with.
- Write numbers in each color.
- Toss the ball.
- Look at the number where your thumb is and say it out loud. Do not forget it!
- Pass it to someone else and have them read the number outloud.
- Add or subtract the two numbers to solve the problem.
- Skip Counting Exercise: Have your child do jumping jacks, jump rope, arm crosses, etc. while counting by 2’s, 3’s, 4’s, 5’s, and so on. This will help them get their body and brain into action.
- Shape Scavenger Hunt/Eye Spy: Look around to find different shapes inside or outside of your house. Try to locate 2D and 3D shapes.
- Mathletics and ST Math are also a great way for students to practice their math skills online.
- Card Games: Give your flash cards a rest and practice facts with math card games instead. Simply lay down two cards from the deck (remove the face cards first) and add or subtract. Kids can work on this alone, or you can make it a contest to see who can call out the correct answer first.
3. Writing: Keeping a journal of weekly writing is a good way to work writing into your child’s summer and to enhance creative writing. If they are wanting a challenge, have your child read aloud what they wrote. This can help them practice their presenting skills, as well as, notice their own mistakes that may need corrections for.
Ideas for writing include:
- Persuasive/opinion paragraph: students choose a topic they feel strongly about and try to convince the reader to agree
- Narrative paragraph: students write a story (fiction or nonfiction), including sequence of events
- Informative paragraph: students can tell the reader facts about a certain topic (note: while reading a non-fiction book on Raz-Kids, students can note facts about what they read to use for this paragraph)
- Weekly journal of activities paragraph: students write about what they did throughout the previous week Also, vacations are a great opportunity for creative journal writing. Make this fun by asking your child to record his/her thoughts and experiences (and illustrate them, if they’d like) while on vacation. A vacation journal makes a wonderful keepsake, and you and your child will enjoy re- reading the journal in the years to come.
*Bonus: For each writing piece, ask your child to write the time on the clock underneath the date to practice reading both analog and digital clocks.
Thank you for all that you have done and all your support through distance learning. Creating these summer expectations is a way for your child to continue to learn and grow outside of the classroom. Feel free to reach out to me any time if you have any questions or need guidance throughout this summer. I cannot wait to see you all next year and Go Vikings!