First Grade Writing Prompts

Every week my son has journal writing as part of his homework.  Last year, Angry Kid had some very simple prompts.  But this year’s first homework prompt actually gave me an idea for blog material.  I figure that I could manipulate it a little to fit my writing. We will see how it goes. I might not doing it all the time, but thought that it would be fun.

“Write 3 things that you like about being in first grade” is this week’s prompt.  I’m going to now write my version.

“Three Things That I Like About First Grade”

First Grade Homework1.  Longer School Days

Angry Kid was an early bird for Kindergarten last year.  He went to school from 8:15am-11:35am.  The mornings would fly by.  You really couldn’t get much done.

Angry Kid goes to school from 8:15am-2:15pm now, and gets an early out every Wednesday.  It is simply amazing.  We did the after-school program last year for childcare three days a week.  My mom is picking up Angry Kid two days a week after school now.  It is all going well.

2.  Not Volunteering Every Monday

I volunteered EVERY Monday in my son’s class last year.  I was there for journal writing, worksheet assistance, and anything else that I was needed for.  I loved being in my son’s class, but it really limited my free time on my days off.  I knew that his teacher counted on the parent volunteers so I never missed a day.  I wanted to sleep in soooo bad, but I never did.

I put my name down to assist with making copies or other simple things this year.  I didn’t commit to a scheduled weekly time each week.  I have a lot more freedom.  Plus, I know more people (parents) now, so I will have an open ear to what is going on in the class, with my son, etc.

3. My Son’s Confidence

Everything was an unknown last year.  Although we had a great deal of structure last year, Angry Kid stumbled through homework and academics.  Angry Kid was learning how to form his letters, write, and to read, all at the same time.  It was a lot of work for a five-year-old.  It seemed like he finally got it all around Spring Break last year.  It finally clicked for him.  During the summer, he was trying REALLY hard with his reading and spelling.  He kept trying to sound out words from signs, and even things on TV.

Angry Kid was noticeably different this year.  He walked to school without complaining. I told him last year that he has to carry his own backpack, to and from school.  He never hesitated and grabs it every morning.  He gives us input for his school lunches.  His choices have included snap peas, sliced oranges, and water.  I’m not quite sure if this kid is mine sometimes.  Although, we are struggling with the journal writing, he flew through the rest of his homework.  He totally gets math, which is good, because it completely confuses me.  He is a great reader, and I can tell that he is really try hard to sound out the words that he doesn’t understand.

I think that the biggest lesson that we learned from Kindergarten is time management.  We learned to break up the homework and not pile it all on at once. Plus, Angry Kid gets super cranky after 6pm or so.  We can’t really accomplish anything after then.  We are going to start doing a reward type of system for reading at home.  Once I figure out exactly what we are doing, I will post about it.

And really, the worst thing about first grade is the exhaustion.  Angry Kid has so much going on and I’m sure that he is soo tired at the end of the day.  I know, I’m tired.  I’m sure it will take a few months to get used to full-day school, and first grade. We had a rough first week.

What are your favorite things about school being back in session? No matter how old your kids are.

18 comments
K
K

Amen. I am also a 1st grade teacher. I am not doing any type of Writer's Workshop because I could not get parents to sign up. Sad.

J
J

I am a first grade teacher. That is too bad that I am reading how some of you don't want to commit to one hour a week in your child's class. I guess it can be really difficult for you full-time stay at home moms to give up an hour of your time a week. I know that teacher's really appreciate and value the parents that do make that commitment. There are a lot of fun things that I can't do in a classroom of 28 first graders because I need parent help. I guess I am just very blessed that I do have a couple of parents who are willing to give up that hour of time.

Lee-Ann
Lee-Ann

Great post! I only try to volunteer in the classroom, twice a month, 1 morning in each class for the big kids. I guess next year I'll have 3 classes to volunteer in!

Deanna
Deanna

I have a first-time full day first grader too. It's amazing what you can get done with uninterrupted time. We have jars the boys decorated, and they get a marble for every 15 minutes of reading they do. (they also get marbles for chores and other things as well). They can spend their marbles for extra tv, computer or video game time, or save them for saturday and cash them in (the current rate of exchange is 1 marble = .25 - lol)They can also get marbles taken away for misbehavior too. It works well so far - we started it over the summer so they wouldn't drive me outta my gourd.

Petit Elefant
Petit Elefant

First grade has been a super hard transition for my Charming. The slow, easy, fast days of Kindergarten were just up his alley. This year? Tricky pants. I love that your little guy is thriving, he's adorable.

RookieMom Whitney
RookieMom Whitney

I have a boy in first grade also, so I loved reading this. I am finding the amount of homework to be hard to get through. I try to do just a few pages a day but so far (4 weeks in) still end up with a big pile on Sunday. (It's due on Monday.) I got a timer to help monitor reading and homework so that we/he can blame the timer instead of blaming Mommy for being the enforcer. "Let's do 10 minutes of homework and then we'll have free time." I haven't busted it out yet, but thought I'd share the idea.

Vivienne @ The V Spot
Vivienne @ The V Spot

I have a 2nd grader this year (as well as an 8th, 9th & college freshman) and I am totally feeling for you. Their homework has always been exhausting for me, b/c you need to hover over to get them to do it, to check accuracy, neatness, etc and to make sure they turn it in. Doing homework earlier in the day is helpful. They can't play, etc. until they get it done. It motivates them to stay on task. I volunteered weekly in Kindergarten. No more of that, only helping here and there now.

Heather
Heather

I am not a mom, but I am a nanny. I completely agree with your #1 answer, full days of first grade. The middle child I care for was also in morning kindergarten last year and it made my entire day a little chaotic because any errands I had to run for myself, also had to be done between that 8:15 and 11 time frame. Not much is open at 8:15 in the morning other than the grocery store. I love having just the baby and myself most of the day. I enjoy the morning routine of breakfast, getting dressed and ready for the day, then getting on the bus and the sound of quiet that follows it. It is wonderful. I also do all of my running around during the day now so that when I get them off the bus, and their parents come home, I can go home and do nothing. It is a wonderful feeling. I am sure in 10 years when this applies to myself (apparently kids are far off in my future haha) I will feel the same way about both of your other answers as well. I love your blog, this was my first visit, I found a link on Little Miss Momma and I love it!

cc
cc

The best thing about them both being back in school is the sound of nothing. No radios going, no arguing, it's just.....quiet. The animals are even calmer.

Julie {Angry Julie}
Julie {Angry Julie}

You are going to be a busy woman next year. I see all of the moms with multiple kids running around like crazies trying to keep up with it all.

Julie {Angry Julie}
Julie {Angry Julie}

YES, I need to make a list of rewards and how he can earn marbles. It is one of my projects for this weekend. I'm going to have him make a list of stuff, which will help him with this writing, but he doesn't know that!

Julie {Angry Julie}
Julie {Angry Julie}

YES, kindergarten was so nice and slow...playdates after school, casual. Now we sit around and discuss reading levels, and State Test Scores... Your little guy is adorable too!

Julie {Angry Julie}
Julie {Angry Julie}

YES! My husband used a timer last year. I think we are going to have to break out the timer again this year. I am glad that someone can relate to my first grade woes.

Julie {Angry Julie}
Julie {Angry Julie}

I would love to go to the SoCal Social, but unfortunately we have soccer on Saturdays, plus I work...boo!

Julie {Angry Julie}
Julie {Angry Julie}

YES. I actually had to make my husband read the instructions better the other night. It said to do 3 sentences. My husband did not have my son do that. I told him that I did not want drama from the teacher because WE could not follow instructions. And AMEN for not volunteering weekly now!

Julie {Angry Julie}
Julie {Angry Julie}

Thanks for stopping by. And I agree with you, I get all my errands done while he is in school. I can get a ton done much quicker without the kid begging for stuff.

Julie {Angry Julie}
Julie {Angry Julie}

YES! I love the silence. Our one dog is barking more than ever though. She got a ton of attention from my son this summer. She barks to let me know that she is around.