Your Child's Communication: First Grade

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By the end of first grade, your child should be able to do the following tasks in each area.


  • Remember what they hear.
  • Follow two- to three-step directions in a row.


  • Speak clearly so that anyone can understand them.
  • Answer harder yes/no questions.
  • Tell and retell stories that make sense.
  • Share their ideas using complete sentences.
  • Use most parts of speech, or grammar, correctly.
  • Ask and answer who, what, when, where, and why questions.
  • Stay on topic and take turns in conversation.
  • Give directions.
  • Start conversations.


  • Say words that rhyme.
  • Name all sounds in short words.
  • Put sounds together to make words.
  • Match spoken words with written words.
  • Point to letters, words, and sentences.
  • Sound out words when reading.
  • Read 100 common words by sight.
  • Read grade-level books.
  • Understand what they read.


  • Write about their ideas.
  • Print clearly.
  • Spell words that they use a lot.
  • Begin each sentence with capital letters. End sentences with periods or question marks.
  • Write stories, journal entries, or notes.

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