Why is 2nd grade so hard?

Kathryn - posted on 12/10/2008 ( 18 moms have responded )

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My son was born Sept 2000, he is very smart and shy. He is my oldest so it is like I am going through school again. Kindergarten and first grade, I got along with teachers, he needed very little help. This year is it harder to get him to do his homework and I have already butted heads with his teacher a couple of times. Anyone else have trouble with this?

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Holden had a hard time last year with the same issues about teachers and stuff but this year I stay on top of him and my other sons, i constantly email his teacher, because I need to make sure for myself that he is transitioning well, I think if you stayed on his teacher she will figure out that you really both are trying and that she needs to be more informative, i call mine just to see how he is doing in class that day, he is ADHD on new medication so she doesnt mind, fill her in about you and she might be better?

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Melissa - posted on 03/08/2009

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IT is a lil harder for me to get josh to do his homework to , from what i heard 3rd and 5th grade dont get any easier . His teacher told me she is starting to not give directions for things she wants them to read and if they dont understand they need to raise their hands because in 3rd grade the teacher expects them to read and raise hands with questions, my son refuses to raise his hand because he thinks its drawing attention to him and he hates that but he better get over it real quick! I did notice that his 1st grade teacher was very interactive with the parents and she would email and we could email her at anytime and she would get right back to us this yr the teacher isnt lettign us email although what i do liek at his school is if we call and as long as the teacher is not in the middle of teaching they transfer the call directly to the classroom so we dont have to play phone tag.

Kathryn - posted on 01/29/2009

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I have no idea because both of his teacher have them do a journal in their prospective class, one he has no problem with and the other he got very belligerent with.  Once we were aware of the problem it got better, he lost his Xbox for a week due to attitude.  For the most part it was the teacher not letting us know sooner.  She also started sending some of it home for us to help him with so he knew he was not going to get out of doing it.  At the first of the year we had problems with one teacher now it is the other.  I think he is testing them.

Faylynn - posted on 01/28/2009

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Ohhh iam so happy that i found this Topic... I though i was the only person on the planet that had a 2nd grader that was making her pull her hair out!! for sure i was going to be a bald by the time Garrett is done with 2nd grade!! Homework  is hell, Read and Respond forget it....He is a GREAT reader .. above level.. But he HATES and I mean Hates to write..Which i dont know how to help him with . They had to move him down a level because of his poor writting skills..:(  They meaning the reading specialts at the school think this will help him improve on his reading .  HELP!!!!!!!! anyone out there going threw this ??????? how can i  motivate him ?? when the teachers use words like lazy and unmotivaed to describe him? His reading teacher last year is now the asst pricnpal and she said that last year and she think that moving him down a reading level was a good "lifel lesson" any suggetions????  comments are appercited!!

Michele - posted on 01/27/2009

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My son has been having trouble in school the whole way through. Kindergarten went well but grade one was a disaster. He's smart enough, he just has attitude. We repeated grade one because we thought the issue may have been that he wasn't socially ready to go to grade two. The second time through grade one was great. Now he's in grade two and we're having the same issues all over again. He's really sassy to his teacher. He doesn't speak that way to me so I'm at a loss of what to do about it! He'll refuse to do his work for the simple reason that it irks the teacher. It's obvious he has no respect for her but what I can't figure out is why and how to fix it.

Melissa - posted on 01/26/2009

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My son is an October baby and in the third grade. We decided to move on to kindergarten instead of young 5's. That is a decision that I sometimes regret. Socially he was more than ready. Now at grade 3 I am worried that he is falling behind. Math is great, reading is pretty good, it is the comprehension/retention and writing that he is struggling with. But that is the decision we made, so we work through it and continue to encourage and find new ways to make reading and writing fun. He would still rather play hockey though!

Kathryn - posted on 01/26/2009

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Attitude galore!  Who knew at 8 they suddenly knew more than an adult.  LOL

Terri - posted on 01/24/2009

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Yes! There is a lot more work in 2nd grade AND teacher difficulties as well for me. Is is just me or is there an "attitude" that begins the day they turn 8? LOL

Ann - posted on 01/06/2009

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in addition, it allows us to do extension of her learning.  it allows us to apply her academics to real life situation.  for example, when we go to the grocery store quite often she will do the math with me.  for reading skills, we are teaching her to be a critical thinker, not to believe everything she reads.  we want her to think for herself.

Ann - posted on 01/06/2009

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my child too is the second grade.  she loves homework and quite often will ask for more.  i support homework at this age.  her teacher does not give alot out.  homework will take no more than ten minutes, max.  it allows me to understand her thought process and better know my child academically.  it's very insightful and we enjoy doing it together.  it helps her self esteem when she can explain the math problems or reading comprehension.  when she struggles it allows us to work on character building, not giving up, anger management, etc.  it has been beneficial for our girls (one in second grade and the other in first grade) to have homework at this early age. 

Kathryn - posted on 12/23/2008

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LOL, I know exactly how you feel about the homework, I had to call the teacher on the first week and ask what she wanted on the spelling homework.

After the Christmas party I think I am finally adjusting to 2nd grade, I had to laugh he is still says exactly what he thinks. Lets just say he did not appreciate the gift he got.

Allyson - posted on 12/22/2008

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All I can say is I understand! I can not even help Emma with her Math homework anymore. I need help for me to help her.

Kathryn - posted on 12/15/2008

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It is much better now, but I threw away his homework at the first of the year because I did not know and she thought he should have been more responsible and tell me what was homework and what was not. I still wish they were better about email and letting me know sooner. His is my first born so I am still over protective of him.

Yolanda - posted on 12/13/2008

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Hi, Kathryn



I have to September-born kids, one is in 1996 and the other was born in 2000.

My Sept.96 guy is alot like your son. He did well in kindergarten and 1st grade and by 2nd grade he didn't want to do homework either. Thankfully, his teacher had taught for a number of years and said it was a phase and it would pass. And well, she was right it did. He is also my oldest child.

Then, I have my daughter who was born in Sept. 2000. She is more self-motivated, a go-getter. It definitely has to do with gender. I think boys just take a little longer with things. So, don't worry I think your son will come around just fine. My oldest son is doing well in school but has his moments of not wanting to be a self motivator. He occasionally needs that push from me.

What kind of issues are you butting heads with the teachers about?

Amie - posted on 12/10/2008

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LOL it's not that bad, once you get climatized. =) As for your boy though I dunno what else to say. As I said we don't have homework here for our kids until about the 5th grade. Hope you find a solution though. Maybe try to make a game of it, it used to help me when I was a kid.

Kathryn - posted on 12/10/2008

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You are right that is part of the problem both the previous grades, his teachers were big emailers and I am not sure if this years is even comfortable with her computer. When they call me we end up playing phone tag at least a couple of times. The other part is that September birthday makes him one of the oldest in the class so he gets bored. I would love no homework, but it is too cold in Canada for a Texan. LOL

Amie - posted on 12/10/2008

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Hm, I've never had this problem. My girl is now in grade 3 and we keep in contact constantly with her teachers. My question is though, why is he getting homework? This is something our schools cut out for the younger grades quite awhile ago. They don't need the extra stimulus and stress of homework at such a young age and the kids around here don't suffer for it. We live in Canada, amazing how things are done so differently, might be different in another province though to.

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