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How Is My First Grader Doing in School? What to Expect and How to Help Paperback – October 19, 1999

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It may surprise parents to realize that the best way to support a child's education is not to spend extra time teaching them new information. Toss the home workbooks and flashcards, suggests educator and author Jennifer Richard Jacobson. Instead, spend your "teaching" time learning about your child. What are your child's weaknesses, strengths, and passions? What are the academic expectations of a first grader? What are they supposed to be doing socially at this stage of development?

With all this crucial information in hand, Jacobson then helps parents figure out simple and spontaneous home activities that will foster strengths, boost areas of weakness, and recognize innate interests. A child who is struggling with phonics may benefit from writing a grocery list with a parent. "Let's see, how should we spell macaroni?" a father might ask. A child who loves math will blossom when offered a chance to work with patterned beading projects, or play a game of Mancala with mom, or go on a scavenger hunt for items with specific numbers written on them. Each book in the series contains a teacher-approved assessment booklet, so parents can evaluate their children's skills in a low-stress home situation. Whether your child attends public or private school, How Is My First Grader Doing? is an excellent (and smoothly written) resource for parents and their children. --Gail Hudson

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Jacqueline Haines Executive Director, the Gesell Institute Jennifer Jacobson has provided for teachers and parents appropriate guidelines for classroom expectations. These volumes, when used in parallel with school curriculum, can be a very fine support for parent and child. -- Review
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Fireside; 1st Fireside Ed edition (October 19, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0684854384
  • ISBN-13: 978-0684854380
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 7.4 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,995,126 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Ms. Jacobson's book is marvelous! It's easy to use and helped me identify exactly where my son was strong, and where he needed a little help. I have very limited time to work with my kids on their school work, and I really appreciated the author's fun ideas for working with my 5-year old son to help him with various skills that only take a few minutes each. I felt I was able to make a difference, working with him, while we were just driving together in the car, running an errand, etc. I highly recommend this book - very accessible and very creative ideas!
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As a teacher I critically examine any book that claims to help parents at home. There are many that are nothing but laundry lists designed to further a political idiot-ology (read as E.D. Hirsch). This book is wonderful for helping parents to understand the stages that their children are going through and the best ways that they can address those needs and support current and knowledgable teaching methods. A must for any parent or teacher.
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I picked up this book along with several others to help me to evaluate how my daughter is doing in school (and to help her improve). This book has proved to be quite helpful. It has helped me to understand why she says and does certain things, and to help me to understand who a first grader really is. I would recommend this book.
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I am a new homeschooling mother. This book has many "extra" ideas to add to your daily curriculum. I found it to be extremely helpful and an enjoyable read.
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I was supplementing our grandson's public school with homeschool. I really needed to know where he was at without all the opinions and fancy pages and pages of things that just confused me. This book did just that. I was lucky enough to get my hands on a new copy that included the very helpful envelope in that back that gave you little paper tools and directions on how to use the shapes, what to ask in order to understand better where your child is. I thought it was an excellent tool.
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