A list of suggested ways for parents to support their first grade child's development. Grades: K | 1 | 2 Holidays: Back to School Headquarters In first grade teachers are helping students grow socially as well as academically. At six years old, a child is learning to understand himself. Parents can help by encouraging him as he: Develops a positive, realistic self-concept. Learns to respect himself. Begins to understand his own uniqueness. Gains awareness of his feelings. Learns to express feelings. Learns how to participate in groups. Begins to learn from his mistakes.