October 11, 2018 at 5:56 pm #5352
I would definitely work with the school on figuring out what to do next. Otherwise, you will just feel like you are spinning your wheels and not making progress. If they have a reading specialist, maybe that one-on-one attention would help get her over the hump. And help to give you strategies to help. Some of the tricks and tips that we learned over the years have been invaluable, and we still use them to this day. As parents, I feel like sometimes we are just not equipped to deal with the intricacies of academic struggles. We can only do so much.November 28, 2018 at 10:57 am #5466
Well, I’ve decided to enroll Malia at Sylvan learning center, at least for a month, to get her more help with reading.
She’s motivated to learn but is still running into road blocks. I really want to get her past that while she’s engaged and willing. Hopefully once it all clicks it’ll be easier for her.
I figured with the holiday breaks, December would help get her caught up while school is out. Fingers crossed!February 6, 2019 at 8:57 am #5751
Malia had her first assessment at Sylvan. Her reading has improved a lot, very noticeable. Her confidence is growing. I still need to push her to try out longer, multi-syllable words but I’m pleased with her progress. I’ll probably keep her another month or see how she does during her next assessment at school. I know my bank account will be happy to be done with this added expense. Oy!February 6, 2019 at 10:04 am #5753
So glad you guys are trying it out. Great that she can get that one-on-one attention!September 10, 2019 at 8:11 am #6350
Rhett has been in standardized testing all last week, and will be all this week too. He’s in 3rd grade, so that’s a big testing year. His brain is fried haha! He’s so over it. I’m not a fan of all this testing, but oh well, just a hazard of the U.S. public ed system. Rhett will be super happy when it’s all over.
Also went to his “curriculum” night a few weeks ago, which has now taken the place of the more fun “back to school” night in schools around here. It was so not fun. Very blah! They push the reading curriculum, tests, and scores super hard in 3rd grade. And that’s basically what we got to hear about for an hour. Thank goodness Rhett likes to read, because I swear, it would be a battle if he did not. He’s doing great with his reading. Always room for improvement, and hopefully he continues to succeed. But, man, I’ll tell you, I was not happy with the strong push. It sucks for kids who don’t love reading.
Overall, Rhett tells me that in 3rd grade that the days seem longer because they are not as fun. And overall, that is the general vibe I am getting. It seems like there was such a leap from 2nd to 3rd in that regard. Makes me sad because I don’t like to think about the “fun” grades as being over. He still has fun in Art, Music, PE, that kind of thing. But, in the classroom, everything is much more serious and there is a lot less “fun” time.September 10, 2019 at 11:34 am #6357
I haven’t had to live the standardized testing phase yet but I’m anxious about it. Malia doesn’t test well….Max is still TBD.
Hopefully third grade gets better for Rhett.September 20, 2019 at 7:04 am #6381
I remember doing all those achievement tests & stuff as a kid, and I liked them because I was a nerd & I thought they were fun. Haha! I was such a dork. Rhett is pretty much “whatever” about them. He’s not scared or stressed, but he’s not a dork like I was. He knows that he’s taking them along with the whole grade to qualify for gifted, but I don’t push it or care if he makes it or not. He was tested in Kindergarten, but didn’t make it. First grade the whole grade got tested, and Rhett was a hot mess & rushed the tests like crazy & did not very good on them. They have more tests in Spring that are more specific to the state/county level. Blah!
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