Reading Skills Program for 1st Graders

Help Your Child Become a Confident Independent Reader

In this fun 8-week program, your child will build strong phonics skills, learn to recognize common sight words, and develop reading comprehension. Your child’s love of reading and confidence will grow, providing lots of motivation to keep learning to read.

Help Your Child Become a Confident Independent Reader

In this fun 8-week program, your child will build strong phonics skills, learn to recognize common sight words, and develop reading comprehension. Your child’s love of reading and confidence will grow, providing lots of motivation to keep learning to read.

The Reading Skills Your Child Needs to Learn in 1st Grade and Why They’re Important

Phonics instruction teaches kids the relationship between letters and the sounds they stand for. It is at the heart of how children learn to read. 1st graders begin by learning basic phonics skills, starting with blending short words like dog or hat. They then move on to learn long vowel sounds, consonant blends, and vowel teams like ai in rain. By the end of the year, they can also recognize easy prefixes and suffixes and decode two-syllable words.

When your 1st grader develops strong phonics skills in our program, he or she will be able to sound out words quickly and easily. Over time and with practice, your child will read more and more challenging words with confidence. He or she will feel a real sense of accomplishment.

Sight words are the most common words kids encounter while reading, such as was and do. Kids can learn to read these as whole words, rather than sounding them out. Many of these words have irregular spelling patterns or require advanced phonics, so it is much easier for 1st graders to learn how to recognize them by sight.

In our 1st grade program, your child will learn many of the most common sight words found in first-grade books. The more sight words your child knows, the fewer words he or she will have to sound out. This means that learning to read will be faster, easier, and more enjoyable.

Comprehension – the ability to understand what you read – is the goal of reading. In 1st grade, children are mainly focused on the mechanics of reading, but they also start building comprehension and learn that every story has a beginning, middle, and end. Talking about books and what characters do is a great way for 1st graders to develop their comprehension.

In our 1st grade program, students learn to visualize what’s happening in a story and to identify with the characters during engaging book discussions and activities. When kids understand the meaning of what they read, it makes reading fun! They can begin to make connections between stories and their own lives.

 

1st grade is full of challenges when it comes to learning how to read. Developing a positive attitude toward reading and a love of books supports children and motivates them to keep going.

Building new reading skills and having lots of wonderful experiences with books in the 1st grade program will help your child feel confident and enthusiastic about reading. As your child continues growing into a strong reader, he or she will want to read even more and develop a habit of reading for pleasure that leads to a lifetime of academic and personal benefits.

A Proven Program That Builds Reading Skills and Excitement About Books

The 8-Week Program Includes:

Terrific Books

In this program, your child will read some of the best first-grade books available, filled with lots of illustrations, great stories, and funny characters. These books are at the right level of difficulty to ensure 1st graders experience success as they improve their skills and build confidence.

“She often chooses one of the books from the program when we read together. The books have really boosted her interest in reading.” – Kenyata, Parent of a 1st Grader

Exciting Weekly Live Online Classes

Your child will attend a 1-hour online class led by an expert teacher who guides students’ reading in a terrific book and leads the class in comprehension-building activities and fun phonics instruction and games. Your child will have a really positive reading experience and get all the encouragement and support he or she needs.

“My daughter always waited for her online reading class. She enjoyed the whole experience!” – Yanitza, Parent of a 1st Grader

Outstanding Teachers

Institute instructors understand the path students follow from being a pre-reader to a literate adult. Whether your child is struggling with reading, already on track, or exceeding expectations, your teacher will provide the encouragement and support your child needs to have a delightful reading experience and make excellent progress week after week.

Each teacher possesses a personal love of reading that makes a big difference in the way kids see their relationship to books. Your child will be inspired to participate fully and do his or her best in each class.

“My daughter loved her teacher! Her teacher truly made a point of listening to every child and making sure every student was involved.” – Alison, Parent of a 1st Grader

Interactive Skills Lessons Between Classes

Between classes, your child will complete engaging, interactive lessons that develop first-grade reading skills. This fun and effective instruction features enriching games and activities, including interactive books that teach phonics and sight words while building comprehension and fluency.

“My child became more confident approaching new words. The lessons were always fun and engaging!” – Kamisha, Parent of a 1st Grader

Individual Attention

Your teacher will get to know your child as a reader over 8 weeks. Throughout the program, you can schedule one-on-one appointments with the teacher to ask questions or get extra help. Plus, you’ll have access to our on-demand “Reading Helpline” for questions about your child’s reading development.

After the program, you’ll receive a progress report from your teacher on how your child is doing. You’ll find out what he or she needs to focus on next to continue growing into a confident independent reader who enjoys books.

Academically Endorsed Online Reading Programs

Academically Endorsed Online Reading Programs

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How Do Institute of Reading Development Programs Compare to Other Options?

How Do Institute of Reading Development Programs Compare to Other Options?

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Our Reading Programs Private Tutors Apps & Online Tools Other Educational Services
Proven Curriculum Some Some
Teacher Specializes in Reading Development Some
Engaging Classes
Interactive Online Skills Lessons Some
Carefully Selected Great Books
Personal Attention & Support
Homework Helpline Some
No Long-Term Commitment Some
Under $37/week
Best Value!

Help Your Child Become a Confident Independent Reader!

8-Week Reading Skills Program

Only $249

Plus $39 Materials & Shipping

8-Week Reading Skills Program

Only $249

Plus $39 Materials & Shipping

Programs Available Now & This Summer

One-hour classes and short, structured assignments ensure that your child can easily complete the weekly skills lessons and reading practice. We have many schedule options and makeup classes are available if your child has to miss a class.

Our knowledgeable advisors can answer questions
and help find a schedule that works for your family.

Recommended by 98% of Parents Whose Child Completed a Reading Skills Program

Recommended by 98% of Parents Whose Child Completed a Reading Skills Program