Ohhh boy- I am sooooooo NOT used to teaching 1st grade!!!! My class is very low functioning in the sense that some children can't even copy from the board!! To copy homework it took about 40 minutes!!!! 98% of my children do not know sight words! I felt like at this age some students knew basic ones such as: am, is, are, etc. Since they can't read or write AT ALL I am finding it extremely difficult to keep the day filled with activities. I teach lessons, but it seems difficult to have them do independent work b/c it's sooooooooo hard for some of them and I'm in a classroom by myself. Can you please tell me your routines and if the children in your classroom know more material or do they know about the same as mine this year? What activities do you do during the day that are fun? Please help!!!