In Grade 1, your child learns about listening, speaking, reading, writing, viewing, and representing.
Your child learns to understand and communicate about what he or she hears and sees, for example in books, videos, songs and nursery rhymes. Your child learns to:
Your child learns to communicate and share ideas with others in different ways, such as:
In Grade 1, your child also learns to take turns, co-operate, help others, and ask others for help.
To find out more about what your child is learning, talk to the teacher. You may also refer to the Language Arts Practices: Orientation guide for information regarding the program's guiding principles and recommended practices.
Your child’s progress in English Language Arts will be reported in three areas:
Comprehension (Reading, Listening and Viewing)
Communication (Writing, Speaking and Representing)
The teacher will report on your child’s progress in these areas three times a year.
The information from each report helps you to support your child’s learning. You can use it to talk with your child and your child’s teacher about results, strengths, challenges and what your child will be doing next.
"Learning to read does not happen all at once. Nor does it happen at the same time for all children. It involves a series of stages that lead, over time, to independent reading and to fluency.
Learning to read begins in the home as children are exposed to texts in a variety of formats, including books, signage and digital messages. Caregivers who read to their children are showing them how printed texts “work”: which way is up, and where the text begins and ends. Through this process, children begin to understand that symbols and words represent concepts and that a message, once written, does not change.
Once children begin school, they learn that letters represent sounds and that different combinations of letters are used to represent all the words they hear. These words are then combined into sentences that are structured differently depending on the language.
As students become more confident at decoding the words and sentences they read, they start focusing on understanding the messages authors are transmitting to their readers. Children discuss these messages and make connections to personal experiences, to other stories they have heard or read, and to videos or television programs they may have viewed. Ideally, students discover that reading can affect them and even change their view of the world. They then come to realize that the messages they write can influence others as well."
As a parent, you are your child’s first and most important teacher. When you help your child learn to read, you are opening the door to a world of books and learning. Reading aloud to children everyday is the best way to get them interested in reading. Before long they will grow to love the stories and books. Reading and writing can be family activities. Spending time with your child playing word games, writing grocery lists, birthday or everyday messages, reading stories, and watching appropriate television programs will provide him or her with many opportunities to practice reading and writing skills. As you discuss, ask lots of question, make predictions and encourage your child to tell you what he or she thinks and feels about what is going on in the story. Your child will gain insights, gather information, and learn about the world.
Don’t feel that you are alone. Family members and friends may be willing to support you in helping your child in his or her efforts to learn to read and write. Your child’s teacher and local librarians are knowledgeable and can offer help. You can also seek advice from community organizations such as child care centers and from your family doctor.
Your child’s teacher can provide advice about helping your child. Here are some topics you could discuss with the teacher:
Critical thinking helps students focus on developing their ability to reason, analyze, evaluate, and create in a way that expresses their thought, feelings and actions in a reasoned and clear manner. Therefore, it is necessary for students to understand that how we interact with new ideas, what we read, what we view, and experience is as important as what these texts and ideas are. We should hear children asking questions, discussing ideas, and opinions, and what the message of the author or artist is and why he or she is communicating it.