1st grade math is an exciting time for your student. They have gained foundational skills in kindergarten, and now it is time to start building upon them. They address similar concepts in 1st grade as they do in kindergarten, however the concepts begin to increase in difficulty.
To be 2nd grade ready, your 1st grader should know and be able to do the following:
- Add and subtract within 20
- Count to 120 by 1’s and 10’s
- Count on from a given number ( start at 52 and count on, focusing on crossing decades)
- Identify 1 more and 1 less of a given number
- Add and subtract a two digit number by a one digit number (i.e. 25-3) using the count back or count on strategy
- Identify the missing addend in an equation up to 20 (i.e. ____ + 12 = 20)
- Understand place value of tens and ones
- Tell time to the hour and half hour
- Identify coins and their value
Things to do at home:
- Count out 20 cheerios (or M&M’s, skittles, basically anything that can double as a snack!) and have your student make different combinations (i.e. 12+8, 10+10, etc.)
- During dinner, bath time, during any task, ask your student to count on from any number 0-120
- Make a human clock! The TV can be 12, couch 3:00, chair 6:00, etc. and you and your student can be the hands of the clock.
- Have them help you count coins and money