In his pre-k3, his teacher told him he was stupid and couldn't learn. After that and several issues with other studets that teacher was fired.
Pre-K4 was much better but he never learned much more than just enough to get by and his teacher was all "don't worry he will catch up"
Now he is in Kindergarden and not catching up. He excels in math and can add and subtract up to some two digit numbers and he also excels in art, PE, and music.
In everything else, he recieves P's. We work with him here at home. He has sound cards and a cd, we play matching games, sing songs to help him remember and he still cannot recognize the majority of his letters. He can recognize his name but if you put the letters out of order, he cannot tell you the letters. He cannot recall stories done in class even after they study them all week. He cannot recognize sight words even after going over them every night for two weeks. (Three words)
He is always getting frusterated to the point of crying trying to write one letter (almost any letter correctly) and has begun getting very angry doing simply tasks for homework. And he is not an angry child. He is normally very easy going and sweet. He frequently tells me he is stupid and can't learn and I try to show him that it isn't true. He is amazing at building and numbers and whatnot and I remind him of that.
The other issue is him constantly telling me that other kids call him stupid and fat and ugly. He tells me he doesn't have many friends. I asked one of the girls who plays soccer with him who is his friend and she confirmed that he plays with only two or three of the girls and one boy in the class. She also said that sometimes the other kids are mean to him but they don't do it in class anymore because they get in trouble.
I plan on requesting a conference next week with the teacher who has been great about communication so far. But I want to sit down with her and see what we can work out.
But I have no clue what to do at this point. I am about ready to cry with him. I see him focusing so hard and he can't get it.
And then he has his brother who is a year older and advanced. His brother helps as much as he can too trying to help teach him but he asks why it is so easy for him. I explain that different things are easy for different people but it is still hard.
Does anyone have any suggestions about anything I can do to help him?
Eta thanks for your opinions ladies. I kind of had an idea in my mind but you ladies confirmed that I am not completely off with my thinking. I will definitely go forward with talking to his teacher.