What they expect 1st graders to do in school.

United States
November 4, 2008 12:04pm CST
To all the moms out there with first graders I have a question. Are your children learning nouns, verbs, pronouns ect? Do they do social studies, or geometry,- solids and plane shapes? What about fractions? How often do they have tests in these. I love my daughters school and she is learning way more then I did at her age. We didn't start this for a couple more years. I am just curious what other schools are doing. I have tried asking a couple of moms in my area that don't go to her school but haven't gotten answers. I want to see if her school is more advanced or just normal for school now a days. Please also let me know if your school is public or private. My daughters is private and in our area at her age I know it makes a difference. Thanks to all the moms who get back to me.
3 responses
• United States
4 Nov 08
Hi tiffrocks33, My daughter is in 2nd grade this year, and as I recall, last year in 1st grade, she was learning nouns, verbs, pronouns, etc. And that school was a "C" school. My daughter wasn't getting challenged enough, and I knew that she had better potential, so I decided to use the "School Choice" option that we have here in Hillsborough County in Florida and she now goes to a "Magnet" school this year. Let me tell you, the difference between the schools is night and day! The best part? The Magnet school is a public school so I don't have to pay anything extra, and she is learning so much more than what is being taught in the "regular" public schools. The schools in this county give out homework on Monday's and they are due back on Friday's. Last year, she would get all of her homework done in one day. This year, since she's been going to a Magnet school, it literally takes her all week to finish it. She's now in a gifted math class and accelerated reading class and really loves it. Her favorite subjects are math and science. I do feel that our kids are learning more at younger ages than I did when I was in 1st or 2nd grade. I think this is a good thing, because it helps prepare them to be successful in the future.
• United States
4 Nov 08
Thank you for your imput. I agree that it will help them in the future. I am glad you have your daughter in a good school that challenges her. We don't have Magnet schools where I live but I do have her in private school, which pushes her to do her best.
• United States
6 Nov 08
In general, the kids today are about a year ahead of where we were expected to be at that age. However, my son wasn't being challenged enough at school either. We recently decided to pull him out and do an at-home charter school because it gives him the freedome to push ahead as he needs to and he gets more opportunities. It's considered a public school so he still gets his special education services that he needs (he is on the Autism Spectrum) and it's all free. At home he does multiplication, division, and fractions and he gets so frustrated that he's being "remediated" at school doing 1+7 type problems in 2nd grade. I remember memorizing my multiplication facts in 4th grade, so he's quite a bit ahead of where I was at his age. You just have to take charge and make sure they're getting what they need and if not....move them! :)
@katsmeow1213 (29047)
• United States
6 Nov 08
Yes, my children are learning all of those things, and doing very well in class. They're both in first grade, and actually the youngest of their year since they haven't even turned 6 yet. I'm actually quite shocked at all the things they're learning, because I don't remember doing any of these things in first grade. We were just learning to read at that point, but now my kids are reading above 3rd grade level.
• United States
7 Nov 08
Thank you for your imput. Mine is also doing well and reading above 3rd grade level. I am glad they are doing so well. I just sometimes feel that they expect a lot out of young children.
@Shar1979 (2723)
• United States
4 Nov 08
I really dont know. My daughter is just 5 years old. She's gonna go to school next year as when we got here in US...classes already started. She has to learn english language more too.