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Old 11-17-2006, 06:14 PM
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We had school conferences last week, ds teacher said that Kindergarten is the new first grade however in my district they still only go for 2 1/2 hrs!!!

We have flashcards for his sight words to work on. Starting next week they will be sending home packets and are expected to do 2 to 3 pages a night. Right before Christmas break they will be getting their math books (Everyday Mathmatics) to bring home, it is a lot. Plus the reading time which we do anyway. I have a feeling it will only get worse before it gets better.

Karen, Please let us know what the teacher says during conferences. Right now Evan is doing fine, I hope it continues because it sounds like if you get behind it will be hard to catch up and keep up!!

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Old 11-20-2006, 06:22 AM
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[quote=mom2-4]Is there anyone else out there with a first grader? Getting a lot of homework?

I can not believe the amount of homework DD brings home!! I don't even think I had homework until at least the thrid grade!

Every night, including a Friday, she brings home, a math sheet, a letter practicing writing paper. And at least one book, on her level, to read, if not two, with a worksheet to go along with these books. Plus a library book.

The other night, she had to read a book, and than, write the setting, the characters, the problem, and the solution!!

One day, I can't even explain the homework she had correctly. It was like a table of contents with:
the chapter #....title of the #

the page than asked questions, about a specific thing, and we had to figure out which chapter # we would find this information.

One chapter was about building webs, one was about spinning silk, one about spiders, one types of spiders.

And these questions were hard, even DD1,(just graduated hs last spring) DD2,(currenlty in 6th grade) and myself had a hard time with it!!

Than they sent a book home that she was supposed to read, and this book was so hard to read/follow for me!! And 6th grade dd said she had a hard time reading it!!

Now, I don't think of myself, as a brainiac, but, come on, I am not a dummy!! I just think some of this stuff is too much!

Her teacher did send home a questionnaire about different things in school, that requested if we have any concerns. I did mention about the homework. So, hopefully, I find something out next week at conferences.

If I really felt these were "problem" areas for her, I wouldn't mind so much, but, I don't think she is having problems with these areas.

It really makes me want to pull her out of public school, and home school her. At least than I would know she is spending enough time on the stuff she doesn't know, and less time on the stuff she knows![/

My youngest is in first grade and he doesn't get any where near as much as yours does. I think the amount your daughter gets is crazy, way too much. My 2nd grader doesn't even have to do stuff like that. I don't think schools are doing the children any favors by pushing them that way. I think they are doing just the opposite.

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