Everyone is reading in first grade except, it seems, your child.
Yours reports that he's the "only one" who can't get through Green Eggs and Ham on his own. Really? "Even if just a few kids are reading independently, if they're your child's friends it can feel like everyone," notes first-grade teacher Heather Bailey, of St. Louis. It can be even harder if they're into chapter books, since kids see moving past easy readers as a major milestone. Still, Bailey assures, the typical first-grader won't be reading them until the end of the year.
Worried that your child isn't on track? E-mail his teacher. To help him feel good about his reading, praise even small gains and read to him. "Research shows that kids who are read to just 15 minutes a day become better readers than those who aren't," says Bailey. Finally, work reading lessons into everyday fun: You might play "I spy something starting with the letter F (or A or C)," while driving to karate class. Or ask the teacher what words your kid should be learning, then post them one or two at a time on index cards on your fridge. Explain that they're the secret code your kid has to crack before opening the fridge door for a snack.