Grades

    Re: Class size
    maureen

    My granddaughter's K class has 16 I think and there are two K
    classes at her school. None of my other children,
    grandchildren ever had had more then 18 in their classrooms.
    All attended public or parochial school for their K years.

    I taught Montessori multi age so I had children ages 2 1/2
    though kindergarten age in the same classroom. I would have
    anywhere between 24 to 30 each year. However, since that
    approach is so different from traditional schools, the more
    the merrier number wise. Our K students were the "seniors"
    and actually were like having several "assistants" in the
    classroom. It is like comparing apples to oranges between my
    classrooms and what my children/grandchildren experienced for
    a K year.

    None of my kids ever had two adults in their K classrooms,
    but at the current school there is so much parent
    involvement, the teacher seems to have ample help from
    parents and grandparents when needed. As far as I can tell,
    my dgd is the only one who is already reading and many don't
    even know their letters or phonetic sounds. The teacher has
    her hands full, but when I enter the classroom in the morning
    each day, they are all working diligently on their seat work

    Our state has played around with numbers in the early years
    for many years now. Once we actually had a law that said that
    no classroom could have more then 18 students in grades K
    through 3rd. Great concept and there seemed to be proof back
    then that class size made a huge difference(early 80's)
    However, when I questioned the larger class sizes at my dd's
    elementary, I found out that the schools were getting around
    that requirement. What the district did was add all the
    numbers of students in a grade in the district and made sure
    they had an 18/1 ratio overall although one teacher in a
    smaller school might have just 10 students and another
    teacher in another building might have 26. People wonder why
    many don't trust schools doing right for the children and
    that is a perfect example of when the schools had the $$ and
    the support for class sizes to benefit the children, they
    found a way to beat the system.