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Entering First Grade

Let's Start First Grade!

Let's Start First Grade!

Top 10 Things to Do ~ The Summer before First Grade

1.     Focus on Language ~

          Speak in complete sentences.  Read and write every day.

2.     Use your Muscles ~

          Get your big muscles moving.  Little muscle practice, too!

3.     Explore your World ~

          Grow your brain.

4.     Practice Kindergarten Academics ~

         Don't forget your ABCs!  Get counting and problem

         solving.  Experiment and ask “Why?”

5.     Early to Bed and Early to Rise…

          Continue home routines and schedules over the summer so you

          are all ready when school starts.

6.     I Can Do It!

          Work on independence.   Practice self–control and conflict

          resolution.  Be a good friend.

7.     You are You ~

          What makes your child unique?  Celebrate your culture and tell

          family stories.

8.     Be Smart about Electronics ~

          Limit “screen time” to no more than 1-2 hours per day.

9.     Health Matters ~

          Set in place healthy habits to last a lifetime.  Practice good

          hygiene at home. Remember - safety first! 

10.     What Will First Grade Be Like?

          Let’s find out by reading a book...


For more in depth information about these summer activities 

click here

Thinking ahead…

Summer is for Rest, Relaxation and READING!

When school lets out for summer break on June 6, 2013, it will be the perfect time for your kids to brush up on reading for fun!  Not only will reading give your children a fun way to spend their time, research suggests that doing some intentional summer reading can help prevent summer learning loss (the loss in academic skills and knowledge over the course of summer vacation).  This real, measurable phenomenon has been shown to affect some children’s test scores and overall school time learning.  So what is a concerned parent to do?!  Relax!  Pick up a good book, grab a lemonade, sit with your child and read together - no batteries required!

Check out the following handy tips to make reading an important part of this nutritious summer…

♦ All Together Now ♦ Read aloud together every day – shared reading for First and Second Graders can be mixed up – you can read sometimes, your child can read sometimes, and you can share reading every other page for variety!  It is important for your child to hear appropriate level books read aloud to learn new words, ideas and the rhythms of language.

♦ Kids Choice ♦ Let kids pick their summer reading material – comic books, anime, chapter books, graphic novels, let the fun begin!  Not sure where to start?  Visit the Milpitas Library online or in person to speak with a children’s librarian – they can help!

♦ Listen to a Book ♦ Books on tape are great for long car trips and quiet times at home.  You can find books on tape for kids free online, for sale through online booksellers and at the Milpitas Library.

♦ Mirror Read ♦ Is your child reading chapter books by herself already?  If so, take some time and read the same book yourself so you can talk about the story and the characters.  Ask questions to spark contemplation and conversation.

♦ Pick a Mag ♦ Subscribe to magazines that match your child’s interests.  An exciting new issue waiting in the mailbox can make reading a treat!  Consider specialty magazines and general interest ones, too, such as: American Girl, Boys Life, Cricket Magazines, Disney Junior, Highlights for Children, Kids Discover, National Geographic Kids, Ranger Rick, Sports Illustrated Kids, Zoobooks and more!

♦ Read all about It ♦ Link reading selections to real life activities.  Does your child like to cook?  Find Cooking Wizardry for Kids written by Margaret Kenda and Phyllis S. Williams and create something delicious!  Are you going to the zoo this summer?  Check out If I Ran the Zoo written and illustrated by Dr. Seuss and let your imagination go wild!  Pick out books which speak to the life of your child and watch reading come alive.

♦ Read the Signs ♦ Read around your world – grocery store, traffic signs, garden center, at the park – every setting provides an opportunity to read and play with language.

♦ Read Yourself ♦ Read around your child – show him that reading for pleasure is fun.  Read your own books, magazines, newspapers.  And then discuss some interesting things that you learned.

♦ Sign up to Read ♦ Enroll your child in the Summer Reading Program at the Milpitas Library – a fun way to set goals and track reading this summer!  Visit the Milpitas Library or go see them in person for more information.

♦ Take a Book ♦ Going out of the house to the store, another state or across the world?  Don’t leave home without a good book for you and your child!  Those difficult times waiting in line at the grocery store, riding in the car or passing through airport security can be so much nicer for everyone if your child is engrossed in a good read.

♦ Visit the Library ♦ Check out books from the library every couple of weeks over the summer – they house a huge selection of children’s books and the materials can be borrowed for free!

♦ Write it down ♦ Blog, scrapbook, photo journal – help your child document summer adventures with pictures and writing.

Parent tips compiled from the following online resources accessed 11/26/12: (, Just Read Florida! (, National Center for Learning Disabilities (, PBSparents (, Reading is Fundamental (

Early Learning Transition Model ~ Generously funded by the Heising-Simons Foundation 2012-2013

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What Will My Child Do in First Grade?

Have lots of fun and engage in lots of learning!  Take a look at this sample schedule to get an idea about the flow of the day. 




♥ Days with Physical Education 

8:00       PE

8:40       Check-in

9:00       Board Language

9:20       Readers’ Workshop

9:40       Centers

10:05     Snack Recess

10:25     Board Math

10:50     Math

11:45     Lunch

12:45     Writers’ Workshop

1:15-1:25 or 1:55

               Social Studies



               Clean Up

1:25-1:55 Language Development

1:55-2:05 Dismissal




♥ Days without Physical Education 

8:00        Check-in

8:10        Board Language

8:30        Reading Tools

9:00        Readers’ Workshop

9:30        Centers

10:05      Snack Recess

10:25      Board Math

10:50      Math

11:45      Lunch

12:45      Writers’ Workshop

1:25         Language Development

1:55-2:05 Dismissal


 Thanks to Miss Wilburn (Burnett First Grade) for sharing her schedule! 

Parent Guide for First Grade

What will your child learn in First Grade?  A new academic adventure awaits!  Click here to access the MUSD Parent Guide for First Grade - find out about California State Content Standards in English-Language Arts, Mathematics, Science and History-Social Science.  Plus get some answers to frequently asked questions!

Does your child have starting school jitters? Do you?!

New experiences can be exciting, scary, unnerving and wonderful.  A great way to calm your child's anxieties (and your's too!) is to read some books about starting school.  Click here to see a long list of books which can help ease your whole family's transition to school.  Pick out a few titles every week and start preparing for the future!


Note:  The book list is divided up by age in years, starting with 1 year old through 6 years old and ending with a parent section.  Spanish titles are in red. SCCL after the title indicates that this book is available from the Santa Clara County Library System. To find out more about their holdings, visit their website by clicking here.  Other titles may be available from online booksellers or other library systems.