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First Grade Success: Everything You Need to Know to Help Your Child Learn

ISBN: 978-0-471-46818-9
240 pages
June 2005, Jossey-Bass
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The key to your child's educational success is in your hands

"Knowledge Essentials is a remarkable series that will benefit children of all abilities and learning styles. . . I highly recommend it for all parents who want to make a difference in their children's education."
--Michael Gurian, author of Boys and Girls Learn Differently and The Wonder of Boys

"Finally, a book about teaching young children by somebody who knows her stuff!"
--LouAnne Johnson, author of Dangerous Minds and The Queen of Education

Part of the new Knowledge Essentials series, First Grade Success shows you how to enrich your child's classroom learning and take an active role in your first grader's education by exploring:
* What your first grader is learning at school and the educational standards to expect in math, language arts, science, and social studies
* Your child's learning style--visual, auditory, or kinesthetic--and how it affects the way your child learns and processes information
* Hundreds of easy-to-do activities designed to help your child meet specific learning requirements
* Environmental learning sections that identify learning opportunities in the everyday world
* Methods and checklists to assess your child's academic progress
* Information on how teachers evaluate performance--portfolios, rubrics, test scores, and other tools of the trade
* Recommendations of age-appropriate books and software that will enhance learning


Give your child the gift of your time--and help him or her get the most out of school with First Grade Success.
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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments.

Introduction.

1. Getting the Most for Your First Grader.

Getting the Most from Your School System.

Getting the Most from Your Homeschool Curriculum.

Using Supplemental Materials.

2. First Grade Development.

Piaget’s Stages of Cognitive Development.

Developmental Goals for Six-Year-Olds.

Developmental Goals for Seven-Year-Olds.

3. First Grade Learning.

Learning Styles.

Cognitive Learning.

4. The Standards.

Types of Learning Standards.

Learning Standards Resources.

5. First Grade Reading.

Beginning of First Grade Reading Checklist.

Decoding.

Comprehension.

Environmental Learning.

End of First Grade Reading Checklist.

6. First Grade Writing.

Beginning of First Grade Writing Checklist.

Handwriting.

Rules of Writing.

Environmental Learning.

End of First Grade Writing Checklist.

7. First Grade Math.

Beginning of First Grade Math Checklist.

Number Sense.

Operations.

Problem Solving.

Environmental Learning.

End of First Grade Math Checklist.

8. First Grade Science.

Beginning of First Grade Science Checklist.

Systems.

Rocks, Soil, and Water.

Changes.

Environmental Learning.

End of First Grade Science Checklist.

9. First Grade Social Studies.

Beginning of First Grade Social Studies Checklist.

Civics.

National Symbols and Holidays.

Communities and Cultures.

Environmental Learning.

End of First Grade Social Studies Checklist.

10. Teaching Your First Grader Thinking Skills.

Beginning of First Grade Thinking Skills Checklist.

Problem Solving.

Concentration.

Comprehension.

Reasoning.

Logic.

Environmental Learning.

End of First Grade Thinking Skills Checklist.

11. Assessment.

Assessing Individual Student Abilities and Knowledge.

Measuring and Comparing School, School District, Statewide, and National Performance for Broad Public Accountability.

12. First Grade Society.

Groups.

Independence Day.

My Best Friend.

No, You Can’t Play!

13. Moving On to Second Grade.

Ready to Go.

Anxieties.

Minimizing “Brain Drain”.

Appendix A: Literature for First Graders.

Appendix B: Software for First Graders.

Appendix C: First Grade Topical Calendar.

Glossary.

Bibliography.

Index.

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Author Information

AMY JAMES, a former social studies teacher, is a nationally respected authority on educational compliance issues and the No Child Left Behind Act. Her company, Six Things, Inc., provides consulting services for national media, publishers, and school districts on compliance with state and national education standards, as well as professional development for K–12 teachers.
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Reviews

"Knowledge Essentials is a remarkable series that will benefit children of all abilities and learning styles. Amy James has taken a close look at curriculum standards and testing around the country and developed simple and creative activities that support what’s being taught at each grade level, while remaining sensitive to the fact that children learn at different rates and in different ways. I highly recommend it for all parents who want to make a difference in their children’s education." --Michael Gurian, author of Boys and Girls Learn Differently and The Wonder of Boys

"Finally, a book about teaching young children by somebody who knows her stuff! I can (and will) wholeheartedly recommend this series to the ever-growing number of parents who ask me for advice about how they can help their children succeed in elementary school." --LouAnne Johnson, author of Dangerous Minds and The Queen of Education

"Having examined state standards nationwide, Amy James has created innovative and unique games and exercises to help children absorb what they have to learn, in ways that will help them want to learn. Individualized to the child's own learning style, this is a must-have series for parents who want to maximize their child's ability to succeed in and out of the classroom." --Myrna B. Shure, Ph.D, author of Thinking Parent, Thinking Child

"The books in Amy James’ timely and unique Knowledge Essentials series give parents a clear idea of what their children are learning and provide the tools they need to help their children live up to their full academic potential. This is must reading for any parent with a school-age child." --Michele Borba, Ed.D., author of Nobody Likes Me, Everybody Hates Me and No More Misbehavin’

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