Having to backtrack after starting our homeschooling...
DSD is in 3rd grade this year. She is very bright, she comprehends things incredibly well, and has been reading chapter books since the end of 1st grade. She is fantastic at Math and loves to do it, and is very interested in all things science. She has always loved school, and her grades seemed to show it. She's always made the highest level grades possible, and in her public school last year she was put into an advance class for second grade because she was breezing through everything so quickly the year before, her teacher recommended her for advance placement. Her Mom passed away in April, and before that she was with us on weekends and sometimes on weekdays if her Mom needed to do something, but it wasn't full time, so her Mom was usually the one there for homework help and such. Since her Mom passed away and she's moved in with us full time, we've noticed a lot of areas where she is lacking that we hadn't noticed before with her not living with us 24/7.
Examples-I gave her a journal to write down her dreams when she has them (Her mom was murdered with her in the home, so she's been having a lot of nightmares and strange dreams.) She went to write down a dream and wanted to write the date out in number form (7/26/2014) but didn't know what number July should be. I told her to just write down all of the months in order and number them 1-12 and whatever number it was would be the number she uses in the date. She said she didn't learn her months of the year...Wow, so now I am having to teach a 3rd grader her Months of the year when this should have been taught in Kindergarten or before.
Another...When she's reading, even though she's reading on a higher level a lot of times than other kids her age and comprehends it well, she's not always reading the words correctly. We are reading The Dream Stealer right now, and having her read 2 chapters a day out loud, then write a couple paragraphs about what she read. We've noticed that she doesn't understand phonics. If it's a word she doesn't know, she won't try to read it, she'll read the first couple letters and pick any word that sounds close to it. We've also begun to notice it in other areas as well. Example after hearing of Robin Williams passing, we've gone on a Robin Williams movie spree and we were watching Jumanjii a few days ago, when the title of the movie came up, she read it "Jafar." We paused the movie and asked her if there was an F or an R anywhere in the word she was looking at, she said No, and we worked on how to sound it out.
My question is, how much of this is to be blamed on the public school setting, and how much is to be blamed on her just not paying attention? I know that either way there is nothing that can be done about it now except to backtrack and make sure that she is learning these things the right way, but it's incredibly frustrating!