First grade is a time when children begin
to do more complex thinking. They take the basic skills that they learned in kindergarten
and they’ve been practicing and they start to apply it to more abstract and complex concepts.
You’ll find that they know thousands of words at this point. They’ll begin to spell two
and three and four letter words. They’ll write sentences. And usually by the end of first
grade, they can write a short paragraph. They will think beyond basic math computation.
They’ll start to explore things like greater than, less than. They’ll be introduced to
the concept of place value. And a key math concept that they will start to explore is
measurement. But they will measure with things like blocks, paper clips, pencils. So they
start to understand that objects can be measured. So later when they’re given a ruler, that
actually makes some sense. The key to first grade is that the children have taken their
basic skills and their basic concepts, and they’re starting to apply it to more complex