Grade 1 is markedly the most challenging and exciting time in a child’s school experience. These children are no longer the youngest at school, and chances are they have gained an inch or two in height; in this sense, it is a year to feel big. This also marks a time of learning how to read, one of the biggest milestones during the Grade 1 school year. Learning to read is an essential, and fundamental, component of being a successful student, as it spans across all grades and all curriculum. Guided reading can serve as an effective and practical teaching program in order to effectively support students’ journey of developing reading proficiency. This project describes my development of a guided reading manual for Grade 1 teachers... .