Public school first grade curriculum?

As we do not plan to put our son into preschool, I have been thinking about things he might need to know going into first grade public school education. Reading the post about tests brought this back to mind.

I was wondering, is there some guide to what children learn in first grade public school in Taiwan (or are expected to know going in)? Did your children learn something in first grade that you were surprised they were learning and now wish you had prepped them for?

Pop by a school text book shop near your local school and grab some textbooks for the upcoming semester and you’ll see what’s going on.

The first grade books are divided into 1 Shang and 1 Sha. Right now all the shelves are lined with the second semester books (1 Sha), but if you look around I think you can find some of the first semester books somewhere.