First graders are always in a hurry to get their work done. They are at an age where the finished product means just that, being finished.. no matter what quality of work they do. First graders do not like to check their work and developmentally speaking, they don’t even understand why they should since they are so certain that there work was perfect to begin with. They have been raised by parents and society to believe that everything that they do is already perfect, so why the need to check yourself? They play in not so good sports games and are rewarded with a trophy, perform in not so good recitals and get flowers and dinners out, play not so nicely with a friend and get rewarded with yet another play date with the same friend. It is a difficult concept to teach young children to check their work when they don’t see the need. Parents, you can help out by encouraging your child to check his homework before sending it to school, teaching your child to check his spelling test before passing it in, and to ALWAYS give his/her work a second glance before turning it in to the teacher. Many, many first graders would do much better at school if they only took the time to check ALL of their work that they do at school. They need to learn that they too make mistakes, and the only person who can fix that mistake is himself/herself.