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First Grade Tribe-October's Here!

post #1 of 115
Thread Starter 
Hi everyone-the other thread was getting lengthy-thought I'd start a fresh one. Here's a link to the old:

http://www.mothering.com/discussions...d.php?t=488025

How's it going for everyone?
post #2 of 115
I'll be back later, but wanted to just say hi and sub for now. Things are going well, though!
post #3 of 115
Hey there. Things are going pretty well for us. Dd was having some trouble with her jabber mouth but she seems to be doing better now. Her teacher didn't say it was ever that bad just a lot of reminders. But apparently things are going much better now. We have homework almost ever night. She has to read a book and then there is a work sheet she has to do. It takes us about 10-15 minutes total. Still no spelling tests or anything like that. So far dd is still very enthusiastic about going to school and hopefully it will stay that way. How is everyone else doing? Micky
post #4 of 115
My DD is doing pretty well over all. Occassionally she does complain and say she doesn't want to go to school and when I ask why she says because it's "rush, rush, rush, all the time." I know it is a pretty packed day. But my DD is also the type of child who needs ot be reminded to stay focused on a task, so it may be that too. Anyone else have this issue?
post #5 of 115
My dd is doing well also. She got her first list of spelling words on Monday and she couldn't wait to practice them. She'll have a test on Friday but she's not really stressing over it. The words are pretty simple for her right now. I'm just glad that she likes to learn.
post #6 of 115
my dd's favorite class is P.E.
The coach comes up with some amazing games. I'm a Girl Scout leader and only wish I could come up with ideas so great, just don't have the space and equipment.
I'm going on a field trip this week with the school. I was invited to ride in a seperate car with some other adults, but dd wanted me to ride the bus with her
post #7 of 115
My son is okay, we actually just took a kinda mental health day (I know, bad, but he was also a little sicky) I think it's good to do that sometimes, to get him back in the game. They have something called rocket math or something where they have to do add probs really fast...I think it's all getting ready for the "test' (as in the no child left behind crap). But he only gets homework on the wknds, and so far, so good.
post #8 of 115
Thread Starter 
great to hear things are going so well for our children (smum-I think it's great that you gave him a break-our kids work hard! It's good that he won't get run down-the school year will soon get busier!)

My dd is doing really well, too-progressing very quickly academically (although I honestly would rather that be emphasized less than it is. does anyone else feel uncomfortable when teachers and other parents talk so much about reading levels, etc. etc.?) I'm just so non-competitive when it comes to that kind of stuff. Anyway, I was volunteering yesterday and her teacher said she was so impressed with dd's knowledge and understanding of so many topics, which was nice. I don't want to jinx myself, but dd is getting along so well with ALL of the children, even the ones that are challenging, and I'm very happy she's able to get along with all types of personalities. One thing I did was have a talk with dd about drugs, because this Red Ribbon week thing is coming up next week, and I'm sure they'll be involving the first grade in a more in depth way than they did in kindergarten. Hopefully having information from home first will help.
post #9 of 115
Toby is doing great. DH had a quick chat with one of his teachers yesterday who said he was doing really well, very engaged and asking lots of appropriate questions. This is wonderful, because he is a reserved kid and it took him almost the entire kindergarten year to be comfortable about speaking out just in circle time.

Mata, your DD sounds as though she is really thriving. What is Red Ribbon Day, BTW?
post #10 of 115
My DD is doing well too. She still says her class is boring, but likes all the specials. We have parent/teacher conferences on Monday!
post #11 of 115
My ds is loving first grade! He used to hate to write and draw and now he is doing it non-stop. I love how they spell at this age! He only gets one math homework on Monday nights to review (takes about 10 minutes) and no other homework at all....

There seems to be some sort of trouble on the playground. The boys are diving into "teams" (yikes, makes me think of gangs) and they are fighting. DS says it is 12 (the others) against him and 4 others. The other team is hitting, kicking, etc. I ask him if he is scared and he says no. I *think* he enjoys the rough-housing until he gets hurt and then is upset. I've talked to the principal and she says she is going to find out what is going on. Sigh...
post #12 of 115
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There seems to be some sort of trouble on the playground. The boys are diving into "teams" (yikes, makes me think of gangs) and they are fighting. DS says it is 12 (the others) against him and 4 others. The other team is hitting, kicking, etc. I ask him if he is scared and he says no. I *think* he enjoys the rough-housing until he gets hurt and then is upset. I've talked to the principal and she says she is going to find out what is going on. Sigh...
That sounds awful! I can't believe no-one has noticed it yet, if it is as he describes .

Dd seems to be doing well...she seems to be getting the hang of the routine (teacher has their 'morning routine' posted when they come in the classroom), she likes singing every day while her teacher plays the guitar...gym is her favourite subject also . Unfortunately, it's only two afternoons a week - is that fairly average? she brings home a book to read every night & we fill out a form to say that she has read for at least 10 minutes...when it's full she gets a star :. It's not really a big deal, I guess, because that wasn't her reason for doing the reading every night until now that we are getting close to the end & she knows it's coming .

I have a few reservations about her teacher, but he seems to be coming around a bit. He is new to the school & rather more formal & strict with things than our laid-back little school is used to. Apparently he gave the recess supervisor heck for ringing the bell a minute early once ! He has also spoken to a couple of moms to say that they 'need to let go' & make their kids be more independent :. I'm surprised he hasn't said anything to me if this is the case, as dd is about the clingiest kid I've seen in her class .

He has the class set up in three desk groupings & they each have a team name. They get points for things like sitting quietly & being ready for the next thing, etc. When they get to a certain # of points, they get to have some sort of free play time - well, I don't know if this was in the plan, but the first team to get it said they wanted to share with the rest of the class & so did the next - so that's probably how it will go now anyway .

He is coming to realize what a great little community we have here with the Thanksgiving (Canada) lunch we are putting on tomorrow. We thought we might not be able to do it as the teacher who always organized it is gone now, but the parents have pulled together & it is happening! It seems to me we had about four parent volunteers on the day we did it last year - this year we have about 12 !! All the kids are looking forward to it - it should be fun!

Anyway, dd has seven words this week for her spelling test on Friday: is, his, an, and, can, all, call. She is pretty confident on all of them, although I don't know how she has done with her other spelling tests - I guess I should ask her teacher (she says she did fine, but I don't know what that means) .
post #13 of 115
On another note - a friend of mine has just pulled her dd from Kindergarten (2 full days & 1 half day a week) and is going to homeschool her this year because she was only given 15 minutes to eat her lunch. If she wasn't done she had to pack up anyway & go outside! She came home ravenous every day & said she was hungry all the time .

Is this common in other schools? I have asked dd about it & she says they can take as long as they want, but maybe it's because her classroom leads right out to the playground, so one person can supervise them all...
post #14 of 115
subbing - be back later to post
post #15 of 115
Thread Starter 
uccomom-that's wonderful about toby-he must love where he is! Red Ribbon Week is a DEA drug awareness program that many public schools will be doing in October:

http://www.dea.gov/ongoing/redribbon02.html


soapdiva-the boys in dd's class are doing similar things at recess-fighting, throwing rocks at each other, etc. A lot of it is "play" fighting, but I don't like how physical they are with each other. I'm always breaking something up when I volunteer.

mama2nicola-15 minutes is really brief-especially for kindergarteners struggling with lunch boxes, wrappings, etc. DD got 1/2 an hour in k, and has the same now. DD has the same desk teams/point system-they get something out of the treasure box at the end of the week if they earn x amount of points. Holy cow-dd takes it seriously-she comes home analyzing how many points they have, how many they will get, how many get taken away because of a loud deskmate, and on and on and on...
post #16 of 115
Cori - OT - Did you used to hang out in the feb 2000 boards on babycenter. I think I recognize you? My name is Micky and my Feb 2000 baby is Mia. I can't remember what my screen name was way back then. I moved over here mostly after the birth of my second in June 2002. Just checking if you are the person I'm thinking of. Micky


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Originally Posted by soapdiva View Post
My ds is loving first grade! He used to hate to write and draw and now he is doing it non-stop. I love how they spell at this age! He only gets one math homework on Monday nights to review (takes about 10 minutes) and no other homework at all....

There seems to be some sort of trouble on the playground. The boys are diving into "teams" (yikes, makes me think of gangs) and they are fighting. DS says it is 12 (the others) against him and 4 others. The other team is hitting, kicking, etc. I ask him if he is scared and he says no. I *think* he enjoys the rough-housing until he gets hurt and then is upset. I've talked to the principal and she says she is going to find out what is going on. Sigh...
post #17 of 115
My dd had her first spelling test yesterday and although she didn't get her test back yet, she said she knew all the words. She had 10 regular words and then 2 bonus words which were "splat" and "champ". I was a little worried about her blends but she did fine when we practiced. Monday we have a meeting w/her speech teacher. I had her assessed two years ago and she has progressed extremely well. It was basically for her articulation. I took her to the school the year before school started and then by the time she started K, by the 3rd marking period she was only being monitored. When I talked to her teacher this year about it, she said she never would've guessed dd was in speech b/c she does so well and she talks just as clear as the other kids. Monday I will also be there all day for their Book Fair, which is always fun for my dd b/c I usually eat lunch w/her.
post #18 of 115
I suddenly don't know what to think. DD sailed through Kindergarten with a great teacher and never any word about her work or her behaviour. Now in first grade, she's been "talked to" twice about speaking more politely. And, they want to put her in a special reading program to help her out with reading.

The "speaking politely" thing has her really confused as she wasn't trying to be rude or fresh. Sometimes she just has this "tone" that apparently rubs her teacher the wrong way though it doesn't really bother us because I know it is totally innocent. I told this to the teacher and she said she realizes that dd doesn't mean it, but it is something they'll need to work on. : I've tried to point it out to dd when she's doing it, but she just gets really upset because it doesn't make sense to her and now she's paranoid about "getting in trouble".

As for the reading thing, I know that is something dd has struggled with. I think it is because everything else comes easy to her and she doesn't like things that require practice and patience. She seemed fine in Kindergarten, though, so I assumed all was well. This year, however, she has been very self-conscious of it and says she's the only one in her class that can't read. I know that isn't true and her teacher confirmed that, but it doesn't change how she feels. Now her teacher wants to put her into a special reading program. On one hand, I think it's great to get her some extra help if being able to read better will make dd feel better. On the other hand, why was her reading level fine for Kindergarten, but now she's suddenly behind? And, I thought part of first grade was learning how to read.
post #19 of 115
Just found this group and boy do I need it! I think my friends on other boards are getting sick of me complaining about dd's teacher.

DD is ok with things, her only 2 things are "too many worksheets" and "Sister forgets recess, and specials sometimes".

Basically, my dd is in a great Catholic school, with a nun for a teacher who has simply lost her touch- IMO.

I am sickened by the number of worksheets that come home each day, but- dd does fine with them and isn't complaining about going to school.

Apparently, in the past, this nun always took her classes out right after lunch, the school now has a new principal, and I think there is a schedule for recess, and Sister just can't seem to remember it, so- they miss recess often, which REALLY bothers me.

I intend to talk to Sister at conference time about the recess issue, and offer to come in to do some fun projects with the kids a couple of times/week (to break up the worksheet issue, without directly insulting the nun, or trying to get a teacher of 40+ years to change her ways).
post #20 of 115
Thread Starter 
welcome Peppermint-this is the place to talk about teachers!

jillywilson, your dd's sounds like a bit of a stick in the mud-hope your dd finds a way to deal with her. It's too bad when they're confronted with that in first grade, when they've got other things to learn. And something that makes no sense to me whatsoever is big leap that seems to take place from K to first grade. I know the expectations are low in our kindergartens, then they get raised really abruptly in first grade.
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