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5 Incredible Things You'll Learn in First Grade

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Time Has So Many Parts!

You've probably developed some innovative ways to explain that dinner isn't for another hour (Is dinner now? Now? How about now?) and that Disney World is happening in a month (No, not yet, it's only been two days). This year, your child will begin to develop a real understanding of time and its complexities.

Until recently, time was mostly the present, and memories were spread out on a plane rather than on a timeline. What happened yesterday and what happened two years ago live in the same general place. The first grade curriculum explores concepts like past, present and future. Years are broken down into months, weeks, days, hours, minutes and seconds, and these expressions of time start to mean something. It becomes clear when dinner is happening -- and that Disney World is still a ways out.

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