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I have taught first grade for 7 years in my small Christian school. This coming school year we are in need of a second grade teacher. It is just a few weeks before school starts and I have been told that if we do not find a second grade teacher, I will end up teaching a 1st/2nd grade combination! I have never done that before and have no idea how I would manage that. Anyone have any ideas? I need practical, manageable, ideas for how to teach each subject, how to manage homework, etc.....What do the first graders do when I'm working with second grade and vice versa. I have no doubt I can do this, I'm just not sure how to. Thanks for any help!


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I taught a 1/2nd combo class for a couple of years. I actually like it (don't tell my principal!) I believe ABEKA has a resource just on teaching combo classes. The first thing I do is to instill an idea of this is one class. Same rules, we are a team, etc. Second, anything that you can teach together do! I love combo classes because you can reinforce concepts for your strugglers and challenge the top students in the lower grade. (Good to encourage parents with too, they get concerned over combo classes) In math for example, I would start off with a whole group practicing math facts, telling time, counting money; whatever I can do together. Then I would have one class start with some review problems while I teach the new concepts to one group, then switch. I devoted one part of the board to one grade and another to the other grade. I had one group actually turn their chairs to see a side board for their work. In writing you can teach a lesson but have a different criteria for the older grade than the younger one. If possible, see if you can teach the same science and social studies. As a school, we decided to flip flop those two subject with 1/2, 3/4, and 5/6 since we had combos all the way through. Another thing was I had 1/2 partners so that 1st graders would give their partner spelling words and vice versa. They can also check each other's writing and peer edit, good practice. In reading I had students work on seat work for their grade and I had five reading groups. For homework, we had more generic assignments, daily reading minutes, practice your spelling words in three different ways, etc. Homework sheets were signed by parents weekly and turned in to the teacher. It's doable and can be beneficial for students just try to pull anything together that you can.
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I thought combo grades for six years. I’d love to pass on some tips, but my recommendations would be influenced by knowing what curriculum company you use and how many kids in each grade level. If you share a little more I may be able to add to what awesome advice you’ve already been given.
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Thank you so much for the advice Riding4Him! That sounds very do-able. And Zephie, I teach using the Abeka program. I'm not sure about the enrollment numbers at the moment, but I don't anticipate the class being very big. Maybe 3-5 students in each grade.
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When I started teaching it was in a 1st/2nd combo class at a small Christian school. I had 16 students.

I agree with the PP. I used 4 Blocks for structuring our reading time (similar to Daily 5 now). Mini lessons with conferencing. Like PP said, groups were skills based and not necessarily by what grade the students were in.

For math, I taught the 2nd grade material whole group. I figured it wouldn’t hurt the 1st graders to be exposed to the material and those that were ready for it would “get it”. Then 2nd graders would do partner work or independent practice while I pulled the 1st graders for their lesson.

Religion, science and social studies was done whole group.

I actually really enjoyed teaching that multi-age class. I hope you have a good experience!!


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Thanks to everyone for the advice and suggestions!
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I may have the guide from abeka for combining grades since that was the curriculum I was using at the time. I’ll look through storage crates this week and get back with you.
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Zephie, if you have the guides that will be great!!
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It’s no problem. Thank you!


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girl9987, did you get the guides for the combo class? I just found mine when I moved classrooms. It's from ABEKA on how to combine classes.
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Yes I did! My school bought it for me. Thank you for checking!
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Could you share the combo class for abeka 1st/2nd combo schedule?
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