If you want to truly understand the world of a first grader read the book June B Jones First Grader (at last). In this book June B. talks about changing. First graders undergo many physical changes that improve hand-eye coordination, although they can still be awkward with a pencil and scissors. Many varied activities are necessary to hold their attention during the long school day.
Six-year olds show an increasing sense of self. They learn by participation and exploration. First graders are easily excited and have a wide range of emotions. They need many successful experiences and thrive on praise and approval. First graders love to be first and are concerned with themselves. They do not like to lose and can be very bossy. They are sensitive to criticism but thrive on encouragement, love and attention.