repeating 2nd grade

Crystal - posted on 08/13/2009 ( 8 moms have responded )

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My son is repeating the 2nd grade due to not being able to comprehend what he reads....any words of encouragement for him??

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Cindy - posted on 08/18/2009

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My son repeated kindergarten due to a comprehension problem. We had him tested and he was placed in LD classes for certain subjects (Reading and Math). He continued up until 8th grade with LD reading classes. He is currently 21 and doing well in college. It was hard for many years, but there is a light at the end of the tunnel.

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Crystal - posted on 08/18/2009

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Thank you guys soooo much...I cant express how much I appreciate you all for responding and Im sure anything will help!!!!

Jackie - posted on 08/18/2009

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My daughter is going into second grade and we had a reading comprehension problem last year.
This is what we did:
Before we would start a book I'd tell her to pay attention to the story and pictures, not the words (since she didn't have trouble reading).
We started with short books and would alternate reading pages (it seemed like her mind had a chance to catch up when I read every other page). We also took time to look at the pictures in the books and point out what we thought was interesting in the pictures.
Ater the story was done we'd talk about what had happened in the story and I would ask her questions about why she thought certain things had happened.
After a while, she seemed to get it and now she doesn't seem to be having the same issues. She is doing really well now with reading and the problem hasn't come back up yet.
I'm not sure if this will work for your son, but give it a try.
I hope it helps!

Crystal - posted on 08/17/2009

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He can read really well but he cant comprehend what he reads....But I will keep the w's in mind....Thank you so much...I really appreciate it!!!!

Jodi - posted on 08/15/2009

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change your pattern on how you read to him example read a sentence to your son, then have yor son read the same sentence help him if he is having trouble with the words. Stop and ask him the five w's and 1h [who, what, when, where, how, and why] about the sentence he read. Keep doing that then gradually increase the read as he gets comfortable with it. Always praise him no matter how small his accomplishment might be.

Christine - posted on 08/15/2009

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i am an aide in a preschool. when you read with him try to read a little and then ask him qustions about what you just read.

Crystal - posted on 08/15/2009

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Thank you so much for the advice. His teacher just told me to read with him all the time. Didn't really give me any specific things to do with him. I do tell him that he is repeating to get better at reading and remembering what her reads. I just worry about the other kids picking on him. But as you said it's life and I have also told him that. I greatly appreciated and good luck with your kids this year. here in U.S 8year olds are going to 3rd grade. again, thank you!!!!!!!

Camilla - posted on 08/15/2009

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I'm a teacher, in Sweden, but I think my words can work anyway... ;) For you as a mom: repeating a grade is much better this early, now is the time when he can learn the best. Having to repeat 9th grade is no use in most cases if you ask me... Have you had any help from his teacher how you can help your son at home with his reading and comprehending what he reads?

And some words for your son. If it was my pupil I would say that some things takes a bit longer to learn and this is a chance to learn better. Things will be much easier later on once he masters this. People are good at different things (tell your son what HE is good at) and that's just life. You need to practice more some times.

I hope there are not too many grammatical errors since English is not my first language and that you can use some of what I've written... I hope everything works out for your son, it's important that you support him, but that you already know, I'm sure...

GOOD LUCK to your son from a teacher far away in Sweden, that is going to have a Swedish 2nd grade class this year! In Sweden you're 8 years old when you're in 2nd grade.

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