1st grade tutoring

First Grade Reading Tutors

1st grade is the most important year for building reading skills. If your child is behind in reading, the time to act is now!

Viva Phonics provides private online reading tutors for 1st graders who are struggling with reading.

Does your first grader need a reading tutor?

A Viva Phonics tutor can help your first grader learn to read with engaging reading activities. How do you know if your first grader is struggling and needs a private reading tutor? It’s helpful to understand the first-grade reading expectations. While not all states follow the Common Core State Standards, we can use these standards as a general guide for what first-grade students should know in reading.  The standards are noted below. A good understanding of phonological awareness will help students learn the following set of skills. Here is the link to the first grade reading foundational skills standards for your reference: http://www.corestandards.org/ELA-Literacy/RF/1/.

Phonics and Word Recognition Expectations

Standard: Know the spelling-sound correspondences for common consonant digraphs.
What it means: A digraph is a combination of two letters that spell one sound. Some of the more common consonant digraphs are sh, ch, th, and wh.

Standard: Decode regularly spelled one-syllable words.
What it means: Students should be able to read words with one vowel such as den, pack, crab, sink, and frost. 

Standard: Know final -e and common vowel team conventions for representing long vowel sounds.
What it means: First graders should understand that silent e can mark a long vowel sound. First graders should know how to read words such as snake, bike, hope, flute, and Pete.

Standard: Use knowledge that every syllable must have a vowel sound to determine the number of syllables in a printed word.
What it means: We expect every syllable to contain a vowel letter. With this understanding, first graders can count the number of syllables in a word.

Standard: Decode two-syllable words following basic patterns by breaking the words into syllables.
What it means: Readers in first grade should know how to read 2-syllable words such as winter, backpack, and inside.

Standard: Read words with inflectional endings.
What it means: Inflectional endings change a word’s grammatical form. Some of the most common inflectional endings are -s, -es, -ed, and -ing. Your first grader should be able to read the words: jumped, flashes, and hugging.

Standard: Recognize and read grade-appropriate irregularly spelled words.
What it means: First graders should also be able to read words that aren’t so easily decodable such as would, want, and people. 

With a 1st grade tutor, your child will learn how to:

Quickly recall the names of letters

Competently identify sounds for letters

Accurately blend sounds to read words

Confidently read with ease and accuracy

Correctly retell the events in a story

We could not be happier with the results of our 7yo son.”

He was struggling in class, being bored and confused most of the time (especially with virtual learning setting). One-on-One approach helped build his confidence and skills set. Ms. Ellen is wonderful, attentive, supportive and kind. The approach works and we are hoping to meet all the goals!

With early reading intervention, this student will reach the end of year grade-level goals and enter second grade as a confident reader!

First-Grade Fluency Expectations

Not only must first graders be able to decode, they must also be able to read quickly, accurately, and with expression. Fluency supports comprehension. A student who is struggling with decoding is probably not able to simultaneously attend to understanding the text.
How fluently should first graders read? According to DIBELS, a trusted screening measure, by the end of first grade, students should be able to read about 40 words per minute with 91% accuracy.

If you think your first grader might be struggling with reading, schedule a free reading screening. We can evaluate if your child could benefit from one of our first grade reading tutors.

If your child falls behind at any point, get help. With a Viva Phonics tutor well versed in first grade reading expectations, your child will have a chance to keep up with their peers.

A Viva Phonics tutor can help your first grader learn to read!

Schedule a Free Reading Screening Today

The assessment step is used to determine the student’s needs. We utilize a series of short assessments to check your child’s current literacy development.

  • Nonsense Word Reading Fluency
  • Word Reading Fluency
  • Oral Reading Fluency

Our Phonics Tutors Are Ready to Help Your First Grader Learn to Read!

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