First graders are learning to be the boss of their own reading. When you're the boss of your own reading, you STOP at the first sign of trouble! When readers come to a tricky word and think they have solved it, they should triple-check! Readers do a slow check to see if the word’s letters match the sounds they make (looks right), they listen to see if the word sounds right, and they think about if that word would make sense in the story. First grade students are also learning they can be the boss of their own reading by thinking about what is happening in the story. They are focusing on retelling by using clues like who, what,and where, as well as prompts like first, then, next, and last to be sure they retold the story well. Ask your child to retell their favorite story or talk about a book they read for reading homework!