In first grade, children begin to feel more independent. First-graders now have to use the social skills they developed in kindergarten to work independently and in small groups with peers. We help your child do this by encouraging them to talk about their feelings, work in groups with other children, and figure out creative ways to solve differences. The most amazing part of first grade happens as children develop the ability to understand what letters and numbers really mean. When they’re ready, they’ll be able to fluently read words and understand their meaning. They will also understand the meaning of numbers and relate the numbers to daily concepts such as money and telling time.