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What Your First Grader Needs to Know: Fundamentals of a Good First-Grade Education (Core Knowledge Series) Paperback – February 9, 1998

4.5 out of 5 stars 123 customer reviews
Book 3 of 8 in the Core Knowledge Series

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Product Details

  • Series: Core Knowledge Series
  • Paperback: 342 pages
  • Publisher: Delta; Revised edition (February 9, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0385319878
  • ISBN-13: 978-0385319874
  • Product Dimensions: 7.3 x 0.8 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.9 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (123 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #270,820 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This is an outstanding story book that's fun to read and excellent at educating young children. We read something from this book almost every evening. Both my seven-year old and four-year old love something from this book.
This book gives a good selection of classic children's stories, fun poems, singable songs, wise fables, and other works that are fun to read. It also gives great introductions to American history, world history, science, art and much more. What you see in this book is what your child should be learning at an ideal school.
Since no school is perfect and can cover everything, use this book as a great way of ensuring that your chilren receive an outstanding education.
This book tells you what you need to teach your first grader, and it's good reading. Next year we will buy the volumes for second grade and kindergarten.
It's interesting that one review made a claim that this book is a little too liberal. The fact is that the editor has been closely associated with forger Education Secretary William Bennett, a social conservative. In fact, the information in this book is neither liberal nor conservative. It's just excellent and enjoyable education for you kids, based on solid empirical research...
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Great springboard book to help if you're a homeschooler or trying to supplement your child outside of the classroom.
Language and Literature: Plenty of stories and poetry to read to your child and get them started. Weak in the phonics area. I would recommend a good phonics primer - Phonics Pathways by Dolories Hiskes (awesome and inexpensive resource and it will get your child reading fast).
Mathematics: Simple progression in math skills. I like the suggestions on manipulatives and games to do with your child, they make the learning process more fun for the child.
Science: Braod overview of many sciences. Good things to start talking about with your child before a trip to the local zoo or library to pick up more in depth information.
This book is not meant to be a complete curriculum for teaching your child, but is a nice supplement. I like the stories, poems and music. It's a great portable all in one book. The notes to parents are helpful in finding ways to teach each subject.
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This is an excellent resource to supplement a child's education. The topics are presented in an interesting, child-friendly manner. My daughter enjoys working from this book. As for the literature section, I found it to have a balanced mixture of traditional tales and multicultural folktales. Even though many traditional fairy tales are no longer politically correct, I feel that is important for my child to be exposed to literature that has endured for hundreds of years. When a poem or novel makes a literary allusion to Rapunzel or Sleeping Beauty, I want my child to understand. As for the multicultural stories, there are Hispanic, Japanese, English, Dutch, West African, German, Jewish, African American, Italian, and Iroquois selections. My daughter enjoyed reading stories from so many different cultures. I was also pleased with the math and art sections. This is a wonderful tool to use for following your child's education. Comparing the work that my daughter brings home from school to the curriculum in this book helps me know if she is on track or not.
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You just can't beat this book. Not only does it tell you what your child should be learning, it's right there for you. This isn't just a list of topics - it has the actual stories, biographies, math games, etc. right there for you. One of my favorite parts is the literature section. It has the basic stories, poems, fables, and sayings every well-rounded child should now. And the science and history sections have great introductions/overviews of topice - great for unit studies. We use this book for homeschooling, and every homeschooler should have it. Note: to help you buy the right grade - for most books, you often have to buy a grade level higher for a homeschooled child, but the grade levels of these books are very accurate.
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'What your first grader needs to know' is by far the best book that I have purchased for homeschooling. I believe it's a must have for every homeschooling family wondering if they are covering what they should. Along with non-homeschooling families curious if their child is where he or he should be at in the school system.

It goes over everything your child needs to know in the first grade, breaking it up into sections by subject. It not only explains to you what your child should know, but gives you pointers on how you can help your child learn and achieve the first grade goals.

I have nearly every book in this series, for each grade level, and use them all. And for a lot of the concepts, you can really use them at any level, such as the stories and poems. Each subject is broken up into sections/chapters, which I mark with sticky notes sticking out of the top. And even though as time moves on, they are getting older, the first editions are just as wonderful as the second. Like I stated, you can use any of them at any level. You do not have to use this first grade book for a first grader, use it for any child who could benefit from it. So if you feel your child is at a different level, all you do is adjust.

I use these books as a basis. I can adapt any lesson plan to this book. When reading the poems and short stories, or the history section ( or really any section) it opens up a whole world for more research and reading. The stories get my kids interested in a topic, and they want to know more, so, we find more. A trip to the library, an Internet search, or a kindle download (usually free). Our kids enjoy them as much as I do. I have used them for many years now.
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