We are in 1st now, and have been very happy since pre-K. Our son has grown so much, and the teachers have really helped to develop his skills and challenge him to improve. Moving to the temporary site was a bit of a hiccup, but now everything seems to be settled down and not much of an issue.
had a mixed experience. some teachers are great and some teachers will not do anything, very average. the sad part is that you can not pick your daughter/son's teacher. if you are stuck with an average teacher you are stuck. and if a teacher is great then you have a great year ahead of you when your child WANTS to go to school and loves to do homework. great experience depends on a great teacher. and if you go to the principal and try to assign your child to a different teacher then no luck. you are stuck with what you have.
if you are looking for homework that encourages your student to be better, push hard but still keep motivated and have fun at the same time then probably it will not be the case with math. I find science projects are good and writing are good as well. my younger one is in second grade and her teacher is great. homework is on parents though.