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Thinking about Homeschooling...

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Here is my question my darling daughter has add and is behind her class in reading by two grade levels and math by one. is there a homeschool curiculum I can use to help her catch up or atleast gain some ground over summer vacation?

by on Feb. 6, 2012 at 5:26 PM
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by on Feb. 12, 2012 at 11:27 PM

I agree this AR stuff sucks...its like they are ppushing quantity not quality. It really seems to be affecting the other subjects also. She loves History...but hates to read her social studies book. So far it hasn't hurt her in science...but they are studying rocks so it is hands on right now.

Math is hard to. She does great on her homework, and her reviews...but test grades just tank.

I think she is freezing in the tests. 

by on Feb. 13, 2012 at 8:38 AM

I have had children that when I tutored them at home, they did better than when tutored at school.  There are several things that I found can cause this. 

  • One of these children is a little boy who is very active.  At first I suspected Sotopic Sensitivity .  I also suspected that, because he is very active, 30 minutes of P.E. was putting him under stress.  Stress can effect one's ability to learn because it produces Cortisol
  • At home he was much more relaxed. But he was not grasping the simplest of things, and finally one day he said, "I am dumb."  When children get this idea, it is a self fulfilling prophecy.
  • His mother and I began assuring him that he was quite intelligent, and nothing was wrong with him. Within 3 days, he began making straight A.s in school.  For this little boy, that was the answer.

For another little girl

  • When reading out loud to me her comprehension was great, but not when she read to herself.  I discovered that the teachers where telling the kids that when they finished their assignments, they could go outside and play.  As a result she developed a habit of skimming over what she was reading.
  • The way I corrected this was to have her read a paragraph at a time to herself.  After each paragraph, I asked her questions about what she had read. It forced her to slow down.

A gifted child.

  • This little boy knew all his phonic sounds (correct pronunciation), and was only stumped on the big words.  I began teaching him root words, prefixes, suffixes, and word families.  We also played games about sounding out big words, and picking out words within larger words that he knew.  His grades also improved dramatically. 

I hope this helps Dtodeange135.  Please keep us informed as to her progress.

Quoting Dixieangel35:

Well tonight we where reading out of the "Wind in the Willows"...She had about 5 word errors on a page, but we stopped and I helped her sound the words out for the correct pronunciation. She is by no means perfect, but she seems to do better reading for me than the teacher,

Quoting romacox:

are you saying she reads just fine for you, but not at school?

Quoting Dixieangel35:

Is not so much the pronunciation. The school says she doesn't read at the fluency level they excpect for her grade. (She is a 4th grader...but reads at about a middle to end year 2nd grade.) My problem is that she reads to me alot at home and I make her read the book several times over several nights until she reads it with no errors. This works great for her books from home or the library. The school wants her to take AR (Accelerated Reader) tests every day, so she comes home with a different book every night...makes it hard to help her correct the errors so she gets the comprehension right.

We read the 20 Minutes a night her teacher wants, then she reads to me a book of her choice while I cook supper, then she reads a book to me before bed. Then I read her a chapter to her out of a "older age" book when she goes to bed. Timed it last night we are reading for a total of 2 to 3 hours per night at home and still only saw a 10 pt increase in her NWEA test scores. (She is @ 178 and the fourth grade norm is 203).

Oh and those reading times do not include the time we spend reading SS or Science, or her Youth group readings for Church.

She is in a homeroom class that combines 4,5 & 6th together, but she goes to the 2nd grade room for reading, and the 3rd grade room for Math. She also sees a speech teacher 2x a week for 20 min, and sees another special ed teacher for extra reading, spelling, and...sorry can't remember the other area.  I am thinking that I really messed up letting her start kindergarden at age older 2 started at age 6 due to how their birthdays landed in the calander year. They did not seem to have this trouble...although my middle did go to speech until she was a 6th grader.

Now do you see how I can be confused.....

by on Feb. 13, 2012 at 9:05 AM

thans for the help will keep you all updated

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