Frustrated mom

Tabitha - posted on 11/15/2008 ( 2 moms have responded )

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Hello all. I am a mother of two. My daughter is 7 and son is 2. I do need some insite . My daughter is in the second grade (Her b-day is 8-30, school starts 9-2) we are having problems with her . She is not a strong reader , she does have extra help at school and home. But my main worry is that she has trouble in all subjects. We spend from the time she gets home (4:30 ) to about 7 pm doing homework and studying. I would like some insite on ways to help. She is at the point where she doesnt want to go to school because she says its to hard for her. She doesnt complete all assignments in class. I have tried from computer games to index card games to just reading from the books to help. I also feel like I have failed a should have waited one more year to start school and maybe it wouldnt be so hard for her . We are now looking for tutors to give her even more help. Am I doing the right thing or over doing it. I dont feel she is getting enough time to be a kid due to study study study.,

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Phyllis - posted on 11/15/2008

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I agree, kids should have time to be kids. I have a second grader who has always struggled with reading. And his birthday is in April, so he wasn’t terribly young when he started school. We read 20 min a day and I check his homework (I make him try to do it before I jump in though). The school has him in reading recovery, but honestly, I don’t think he’s that far behind. His teacher has told me that given all the time in the world he would read just fine, but it’s his fluency that’s behind. Personally, as a dyslexic who didn’t read fluidly until third or fourth grade, I’m just not that concerned. He’ll get it when he gets it and we’ll keep plugging along until he does. I will suggest to try to find books in your child’s level that appeal to her. Nothing makes the reading process slower around here then when my son has to read a book about gardening for school. Also, I like to read ‘big kid’ books to both my boys. Spiderwick, The Neverending Story, Harry Potter, The Magic Treehouse, ect… That way my son knows why he’s working so hard to learn to read.

Kortnai - posted on 11/15/2008

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Kids are going to hate things they are forced to do. have you talked to her teacher? We have a daughter that is in 2nd grade and just informed us that she looks at pictures when we tell her to read. Now we read 20 min with her out loud. It is slow, but she is improving. Let her be a kid and play a little, and don't pressure her to read so much. You have not failed. Each child develops at their own pace. I was held back in school for the same reason and now I love to read.

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