Tons of questions about the early grades.
- Can anyone comment from a parent's or student's point of view about
class size in the early grades. Specifically, if kindergarten class
or first grade class has 24 students, what are your thoughts on
that? At what point will the county add another class? When a
school has loads of parent volunteers, does that make a difference
on instruction? By that, I mean do they work one on one or with
small groups? Has that been helpful? Are the assistants coordinated
so that one is working with a large group while the teacher meets
with smaller groups for reading or math, or do early-grade
assistants even work with students? What do they do at your
school? I am correct in thinking that each kindergarten class has a
half-time assistant and in addition to that there may be special
education assistants or even teachers working in the classroom with
children with special needs.
And to keep the questions coming...when a student can read upon
entering kindergarten, will that student still be challenged? If a
student tends to work slowly or quickly, how is that handled? I
realize answers will vary school to school, but I would appreciate
if anyone has insight to share. Feel free to email me off list also.
Finally, what were you most pleased with / most concerned about in
the early grades, or in any elementary grade.
Thank you. I know this is a lot, so I appreciate your feedback.