How much work is too much work for a 1st grader?

My first grader needs to improve grades to go onto second grade. Right now, she is an L/B, which in our generation is a C/D student. I work with her at home. I am just wondering how much extra work at home is too much. I want the work to be effective, not overload.


Add it into everyday things. Like cooking, say I get one egg and and another egg to scrabble together how many eggs did I use? Or with spelling this is a blank let’s spell it together. You dont have to make it work you can make it fun.


Not more than an hour a day in my opinion.

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Make learning into a game. She won’t even realize she’s learning. I don’t know any for 1st graders but my 4 year old is currently learning to spell 2-3 letter words with basketball and on our clock we have highlighted hourly activities so shes learning to tell time.


Many issues with kids (myself included when I was in school ) is the work is boring or they don’t explain it properly so the kids get distracted or just don’t get it , see if you can make it more interesting for them or figure out a way to help them understand, when I was at school my teacher would let us watch the movie instead of reading the book . And then get us to asnwee questions because my class had never finishe a book in there lives and just couldn’t be bothered.

Truly, it’s best to break up lessons/skill practice to about 10 minutes at a time with 20 minutes of play or read alouds or screen time (learning games) etc between. If she has homework also, do it separately. Make it fun, together time!

I would get in touch with her teacher. And make a plan.

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Younger 1st graded or older 1st grader. I sent one of mine to school at 5 and the other two at 6. The two I sent at 6 are doing much bette than the other. Maybe she just isn’t their yet.

Instead of worrying about the quantity of work I would be more concerned about the quality of work. Doing meanIngful work in meaningful settings will not seem like work and she may even look forward to the time spent with you and the activities.


Try learning games and apps. As a teacher, I would not bombard her with useless work. Make it fun.

And what has the school done to help No child left behind

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Make games out of it

Contact her teacher. Set up a meeting and see if she can help you her your daughter. She’s soooo young use a tutor as an absolute resort. Make it fun but make sure the teacher is on board with what she needs help in.

Check out We’re a homeschooling family and I loved T4L for the early grades. Another option is the little workbooks at Dollar Tree (they usually have several different subjects) or one of the thick curriculum type books you can find at Walmart or Target in the book section. One brand is Comprehensive Curriculum. Just do a few pages a day or go until your child gets bored.

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Keep it fun. Make games and jokes.

I use Pinterest and TeachersPayTeachers (tons of free items for all subjects) for extra work. Dollar Tree (a $1 store in our area) carry workbooks for all grades - shapes, colors. reading, spelling, math, etc. Have a set amount of time for a lesson/review then find ways to use it while playing, cooking, reading for fun. My daughter loved when she got to teach me. But after all is said and done, you’ve done all the extra work and talked to the teacher all you can talk, if repeating the 1st grade is necessary, it is not the end of the world. Better solidifying learning now than for her to be passed along.

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Learn those sight words. Will greatly improve reading. He can read to you

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Look into testing for learning disabilities. I struggled in school barely passing, at the age of 32 I learned I have severe dyslexia, not only does it make spelling difficult it makes pulling things from memory difficult. There are hundreds of learning disabilities, frankly more children should be checked for them. Also my daughter struggled, until she got eyeglasses.

During the week we do their required homework and then an extra math and reading comprehension lesson.
Our child gets Friday and Saturday off and then on Sunday they will do a couple of mini lessons.

Call her teacher and work out a game plan.