How Many Children Are There In Your Child(ren)\'s Class at School?

Posted on: Fri, 10/22/2004 - 1:36pm
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How many children are in your child(ren)'s class at school?

I am shocked this year that my son has 34 children in his class. Shocked!

I think I have seen 27 in his class in a previous year, but that was the most.

My daughter, I'm not sure.

Best wishes! [img][/img]


Posted on: Fri, 10/22/2004 - 2:38pm
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Joined: 07/14/2000 - 09:00

I [i]think[/i] there are 27 kids in my dd's 4th grade class. We have a class reduction program in California where 1st - 3rd grade are supposed to have no more than 20. (A lot of districts also keep this ratio for kindergarten.) Then it jumps to 30 for higher grades.
I was so stressed (in advance) about the increased size for this year, but it seems to be working out great. My dd has a fabulous teacher, so I'm sure that has a great deal to do with it.

Posted on: Fri, 10/22/2004 - 2:49pm
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California Mom, I'm lucky too because Jesse has a wonderful teacher this year (he likes them young [img][/img] ). I had the opportunity to sit in one morning and observe him in class and therefore observe her also, and she is wonderful.
What I've found, with the number that high is that the teacher simply does not have time to give children individual attention. It has meant, so far, increased homework also because there isn't enough time to get the actual work done in the class.
I can't imagine his teacher of two years ago (the Wicked Witch) or even the one last year (Wicked Witch #2) dealing with that many children just because it seemed as though their hearts weren't in teaching anymore and one student was one too many for them.
But, his teacher is wonderful.
What I finally figured out, because the other grade 4 class is also about the same size, is the in our area, we don't have enough schools. I wonder how extensive this problem is.
I'll have to check with Em's teacher to see how large her class is (the only reason I know about the size of Jesse's class is because the teacher has spoken with me about it and also with Jesse and how he has to be responsible for himself because she has too many children - and he should be being responsible for himself at this age anyway, in some ways). I know that she's in a split Grade 2/3 class.
I honestly can't remember in the dinosaur ages how large classes were.
But from what I did see that morning, his teacher does handle the group wonderfully, so much so that I didn't even know there were 34 children in the class that day.
My concern though is that the teacher doesn't have the time to deal with children individually. I would like to see it at about 20 or so, but I don't think I ever have.
I'm glad to hear that your daughter has a great teacher this year as well - it does make life easier, doesn't it, somehow? [img][/img]
Best wishes! [img][/img]

Posted on: Fri, 10/22/2004 - 4:59pm
MommaBear's picture
Joined: 09/23/2002 - 09:00

I *think* there is 12. Might have a more accurate picture if my request to observe the class is granted.

Posted on: Fri, 10/22/2004 - 9:55pm
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Joined: 04/19/2000 - 09:00

There are no more than 20 in my little guys class. I love the smaller class for him. However there are two other classes much larger but 2 teachers in there. I think my son would have been lost with so many kids do to his shyness. This teacher he has is an amazing lady. Very motherly and that is what i like most about her.She has some very nice conversations with the kids and also has a manner time that I love.
They appoint a child to be the greeter and shake every ones hand in the morning then they go to the circle and discuss something about each childs evening or something just to make each child special for a few minutes.
it is amazing to watch her work.
OOps a little of subject sorry. Claire

Posted on: Sat, 10/23/2004 - 12:04am
Going Nuts's picture
Joined: 10/04/2001 - 09:00

17 in my son's 5th grade class. They will not start the school year with more than 18 in a class, in case people move in during the year. Amazing to me, since there were always over 30 when I was in school.
Elder DS is in high school, so he has multiple classes. No more than 15 in any class. Again, amazing.

Posted on: Sat, 10/23/2004 - 1:14am
coldincanada's picture
Joined: 07/28/2004 - 09:00

There are 24 in my daughter's kindergarten class and 22 in daughter's grade one class.

Posted on: Sat, 10/23/2004 - 5:27am
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Joined: 08/26/2003 - 09:00

27! That is far to many to get any quality of an education. But, that is what is in my sons class.
The main issue I have that really wouldn't normally be an issue is that the class room sizes wouldn't be that big if they stopped the " out of district" acceptance.
For example my friend's son who is in my sons class is not from our area. There is no reason he needs to be at school and as a matter of fact the school in his district is actually under populated. Both schools are equal in the quality of neighborhoods.
I have lived in both.So, no justifieable reason for him to be there. I know of 3 situations in my sons class that are the same circumstances.
If there was a reason and a valid one fine. But, I think my sons educatin suffers from calssrooms being to big, Not, to mention the teachers quality of teaching.
~ Jenna

Posted on: Sat, 10/23/2004 - 5:31am
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Joined: 08/26/2003 - 09:00

After reading my own post it looks like I need to go back to school to learn propoe renglish and language skills! Hoy! Typos batman!

Posted on: Sat, 10/23/2004 - 8:59am
iansmom's picture
Joined: 07/26/2001 - 09:00

There are 15 kids (8 boys, 7 girls) in Ian's preschool class, with one teacher and one parent helper. It seems large, but the teacher is so amazing that it works well. Two of the boys are PA, one of them being Ian, and food allergies are handled exceedingly well by the entire school. It's hard to imagine how I would be happier. I hope this hasn't ruined us for public school next year.

Posted on: Sat, 10/23/2004 - 4:39pm
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Joined: 02/07/2002 - 09:00

Jason, who is in the second grade, has 18 kids in his class.
Joey, who is in kindergarden, is in a class of 20.
We're also in CA, in a school district that does the K-3 class size reduction thing.


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