This is sort of a rant...why is everyone so obsessed with Common Core? Yes, I know the standards are "new." But, for 99.9% of the teaching population who has been doing their job, they aren't new at all. It's the same thing you've been doing all along, just worded differently. Honestly, I think they are pretty straight forward.
No, they are not perfect. Yes, I believe there are holes, like not having any standards about money in first grade and yet they need to be doing multiplication by the end of second grade. Do "they" truly think that we are not going to tell our kids that 2:25 exists on the clock? Honestly though, it's a start. We had to start somewhere.
It just boggles my mind. Blogs created specifically for the common core, workshops for creating common core based lessons, etc. Common core isn't a new way of teaching. The standards are there as a tool, the way you teach it is up to you.
My recommendation is to sit down and really read the standards. Start with the grade below yours and read all the way up through the grade above yours. Read straight across the page, not one grade and then another. Look at how they transition from grade to grade and progressively get more in depth. The more you read them the more comfortable you will become. Don't scrap your lessons and start over. Look at your lessons and find the standards that go with them. I guarantee you, you will cover more standards in your lessons that you think. The majority of the speaking and listening section is covered everyday on your carpet, I guarantee it. Honestly, I believe that's probably the average first grade teacher's strongest section of the standards. We should strive to cover all of the other areas as thoroughly as we typically cover that one.
I believe it's the concept of "change" that has everyone freaked out more than the actual standards.
Ok, my rant is over. I'm sorry, I'm normally the uptight one, but seeing everyone else stressing online is what is making me uptight right now. :-)