second grade school work seems harder doesnt it?
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Hanoi - posted on 05/21/2010
I just have only 1.5 years in USA and I am not agree with you. We arrived on December 2008, When I arrived my kids were 4 and 7 years old respectively. In my country, my oldest was in 1º grade, here he entered to 2ª grade, the math that he saw in second grade (the last 2 periods) was the same that he learned in my country in the quarter of 1º grade. That was good for him because he need to learn English in a fast way but, I realized that USA 2ª grade is equivalent to 1ª grade in my country. Additional to that, we have 3 mandatory preschool years, USA only have kindergarten as mandatory. When we arrived my youngest (4) was already in his 3rd year at school, here was so difficult to find a school because not all Elementary schools have PK. After only 1.5 years both are speaking fluently in English and Spanish. Another thing, my oldest came writing in cursive because in Venezuela is mandatory in 1º grade, here is is until 3º grade where they learn how to write in cursive. In 1º my son was doing presentations called show and tell about different topics. The education in my country is not the best in the world: i am from Venezuela, some other Latin American countries have better pensum. In addition, if you compare USA education with the European, we can see big differences. I think, we in USA need to focus on Education. In other countries children are learning different languages from the beginning. It is in our hands to give our children best education. I want to help because I am here and our kids are the world future.
Vickie - posted on 05/24/2010
i hear you all and yes education and knowledge is very important but children at kindergarten 1st grade level also need unstructured time and recess precisely in order to learn better. i think this is an overlooked point and also undervalued and it is reflected in the lack of or severe cutting back of in our schools. arts and music are also let go as being not part of this important knowledge base...but these things are very very important too. i hate to see them contracted out and not even included sometimes in the regular curriculum.
Michelle - posted on 05/23/2010
Yes they are starting young but that doesn't mean it is too much my son is in a International Baclaureate program at his school and is now in grade 3, he recently brought home an assignment that required him to find an international organization learn what he could about it then present it to his class mates. We researched on the internet and found many he chose to do his project on child slavery and what is being done to stop it. He learned a lot about the world through this project and now wants to help others. Yes the education is harder but our children are living in an age where they know how to use computers before they even start school and know how to use many different types of electronics. They need the knowledge they are getting from school to ensure that they will do well in life. Unfortunately for us it means we also get to relearn how to do things
Vickie - posted on 03/03/2010
my son will start 2nd next year and i am fearful. though we love our school they've already told us that it'll be stepped up next year and that reading will be very necessary to do well. My son is 7, my son is a boy, my son is a little behind with reading. i don't want my son to be turned off to learning by not feeling he's doing well. i wish it could just happen when it happens but we have to keep up with where the school needs him to be. keeping fingers crossed and helping him without pushing him out of the realm of loving learning.
just as kindergarten adn become like 1st grade and 1st is harder i'm sure 2nd will be unlike what we knew as kids. sadly, this is a time where boys in particular could be just popping like a kernel with regards to reading.
Eugenie - posted on 03/03/2010
Thank goodness I'm not the only one thinking this!!! My son is in second grade and the work he is doing just blows my mind. I was in shock - my mouth wide open - one day when I saw some problem solving he had to do. The vocabulary is way advance, and the math...wow! I really do think these kids are pushed to the limit BUT everyone else is doing it and if our kids don't, they will be left behind - sadly.
Detention for homework? Not ok. I would have a chat with the teacher, pricipal, etc. Last thing we need is early education spoiling it for the next 10 years! Yea, lets push 7-8 years old into hating school. sounds like a great future. Hope it gets better.
Pascha - posted on 02/26/2010
Indeed it is! I was just thinking that as we finished up homework this morning, because we couldn't get it all in last night. I believe I'm going to get another diploma, when my daughter graduates, because I will have gone through school all over again! BTW, she's in second grade, as well!
Carrie - posted on 02/25/2010
I also have a 2nd grader and a kindergarten boy too. Yes the work is harder. We expect much more of them than when we were young. 2nd grade now is like 4th grade when I was young. I have a tutor come twice a week to work on extra things with my boys to keep them ahead of the curve, they enjoy it too. They really don't want mom telling them how to do this that or the other thing and I don't want to fight any more than I have to. It is enough to get them to do their homework, which is every night and at least 20 minutes. That all being said, my boys are really really smart and know a lot more than I did.
Definately think the same. When we were sent home with homework ,many years ago, but atleast it was age appropriate, vs, needing assistance and maximum involvement by parents. Everyday math........., book reports, oral presentations, ... just gets worse each grade. No wonder tutors are in such high demand.
Khristine - posted on 02/25/2010
Yes, I think all grades' school work is definitely harder than when we were in school. Most kindergartens are all-day programs now when they were only half-day programs during our childhoods. My daughter is in third grade and already doing some math problems that I don't remember doing until junior high. Since math has always been my weakest subject it's almost like I'm learning it all over again when I help her with her math homework. Thank God her Dad/my hubby is better at math and better at explaining it to her than I am. I don't know what I'm going to do by the time she reaches high school math. I also noticed that they've introduced Junior Achievement in elementary schools now when they only had in high school when I was a kid. Of course, it's age appropriate and it gets kids thinking about the variety of different jobs that are out there, but I also wonder if we're pushing our kids to grow up too fast in some ways.
Michelle - posted on 02/25/2010
Second grade is definitly harder then when we were in school, My 5 yr old starts kindergarden this year, and I say she will have to write an essay before they will let her in.At our school when my 1st child went to kind.10 yrs ago he only had to know his abc's, with my youngest she has to know everything he had to know in 1st grade.
Erica - posted on 02/25/2010
Yes, I think all grades work seems harder than when we were in school. My stepdaughter brought home math once and I always help her w/ it, but this one day, I just couldn't wrap my brain around this prob. I told her she'd have to take it back to school and ask her teacher for help. :S I told my hubby, "it's sad when I can't even do 4th grade work, what happens when she's older?" :S
Megan - posted on 02/24/2010
my oldest daughter is in kindergarten and it is all day - it was only a half-day when I went and she is going to the same school district I did - she is also bringing home stories to read while I remember just learning the letters in kindergarten
Tiffany - posted on 02/24/2010
The work is definitely harder, teachers have to take classes now to learn the new way of teaching classes. There is even a new way to write letters. You can come up with the same answers just a different way of solving the problem
Angela - posted on 02/24/2010
Don't know when you graduated high school, but wait until your daughter is in middle school and the math and English homework is the same stuff you did as a senior. it is harder than when we were in school and it only gets worse as they get older. Good Luck and you can always find online tutors. they are wonderful
Amy - posted on 02/24/2010
My daughter is in 5th grade and I believe what's she's learning was stuff I learned in 7th or 8th. I hate the fact that she can't use a calculator to do math :) and her vocab list is words I've never heard of. Sometimes I think they go through the dictionary just to have new words to spell.
Faith - posted on 02/23/2010
I personally dont know if its harder, but its been so long I'm feeling a little rusty. I remember last month my 2nd grader was starting sentence dissection and here I am reading the stupid instructions to help him. Verb and nouns are fine, but adj. preds. and adverbs were soooo long ago! Of course we got it done, but it was slow coming back to me, lol! So all and all I totally hear you about difficulties with homework :)
Jaime - posted on 02/23/2010
Yep! I remember las tyear my daughter had to do weekly current events as an oral presentation. It was horrid trying to find something age appropriate and that interested her. I have to say grade 3 homework seems like a breeze this year. She has spelling weekly and maybe 3 nights of the week 2 math pages to complete.
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