First grade students are taught phonics rules using direct, multisensory instruction. Instruction is guided by the students’ progress, but in general, the consonant letter sounds, the digraphs (sh, th, ch, etc.), and short vowels, are reviewed, and the silent-e syllable, and the common vowel combinations, including r-controlled vowels, are taught in the first grade. Students work on building fluency, recognizing sight words, and basic comprehension skills such as retelling and finding information in the text.
Practice items are sent home in a folder in your child’s reading bag. The classroom teachers send home reading bags on Fridays and the bag should be returned on Monday with the empty folder. Reinforcing skills learned in school helps your child retain learning. Please have your child read the word lists, sentences, and stories out loud to you as you follow along monitoring accuracy.