Here is some advice from parents of former first graders for incoming first grade parents:
"Be involved. Children need parents there for them. They learn watching us."
"Get them interested in reading by letting the kids pick the subject that gets their attention. . . Overall, just taking the time to sit down with them and read a book or two."
"Take time to read with your children for 10-15 minutes. Encourage your children and motivate them."
"Encourage them to read a lot."
"Sit with your kids to help them read."