In first grade, your child will become more independent and learn how to adapt to the school's routine. It is a pivotal grade in which the foundation for the rest of the primary grades is set. Most critical in first grade is the development of reading and writing skills. Your child will move from pre-reading skills to building crucial language skills in reading, spelling and writing. At home, you can read stories aloud to your child and ask many questions about the story. In first grade, your child will begin to assume responsibility and reinforce learning through homework. You'll want to prepare a quiet, organized work area and set aside time for your child to do homework every day.