Your child will develop skills and grow in a number of ways during this important year. Physical As the year goes on, look for your child to improve his/her fine motor skills (e.g., tying shoes) and gross motor skills (e.g., kicking a ball). To help your child improve fine motor skills, put together puzzles and do art projects. To help develop gross motor skills, dance, shoot hoops, jump rope, and ride bikes. Intellectual Your child is becoming more and more curious about the world and how it works. Be open to your child’s questions, and encourage his/her curiosity by taking trips to a museum, zoo, or nature center. Emotional First graders are often interested in helping others, and they enjoy doing things with friends. Consider your child’s interests and look for group activities he/she might enjoy (e.g., swim club, gymnastics). “There are two great things that you can give your children: one is roots, the other is wings.” Hodding Carter Growing Up: 1st Grade Support Your Child InfoGuide First Grade Copyrighted Material 771-18 WOODBURN PRESS This digital publication was presented by: ©Copyright Woodburn Press LLC all rights reserved