My son is taking a sick day today. He couldn't eat his breakfast, and was looking really green pulling into the school. He told me his stomach hurt. I turned around in the parking lot of the school, and we left. We pulled in our driveway, and he said he felt better. I asked him if school was bothering him, and he broke down. He has been struggling since the beginning of the year to get his class work done. He usually comes home with less than half of it done. He hasn't had any issues understanding concepts, is moving up in reading, and most weeks gets an 8 out of 10 without much review at home on his spelling. His class work is usually one math worksheet which he completes. One sheet of writing numbers by ones to what seems like a random amount. Sometimes he gets this done, and sometimes he doesn't. A writing assignment which his teacher says he does well on when he completes them. They are usually a writing web and three "five star" sentences. The last sheets he brings home are something for spelling. Some days it's writing the words five times sometimes alphabetical order. He almost never completes these. His teacher hold him in from recess if he doesn't complete them, and still he usually brings them home with a note to complete them at home.
This was an issue from the beginning of the year. He has worked very hard to get things done. He knows it's an issue for him. Things started to slip again maybe three weeks or so ago. He broke down in tears begging to stay home. We were already in the school that day, so I talked him down. This wasn't the first day in recent history where he has been in or near tears when we walk through the doors to school. I did tell his teacher what was going on, and tried to get some sort of answer out of her. She just tells me he understands the work just fine. Then why do we have to push him so hard to get it done?
I would love to tell him to not worry about it. The problem is then he brings it home with a note saying he has to turn it in the next day. Then we go around and around trying to get it done in the evening, and we don't even touch his homework until the weekend. I would like to point out that when the struggle is over it takes him maybe ten minutes to do each sheet. Then we eat dinner, and he does his nightly reading.
Today he said first grade was just no fun at all. He has asked to move classes, move on to second grade, or be home schooled. Being home schooled is an option, but it's a hard choice to make when he does understand the work.
Sorry I just need to vent. I don't think it's fair for a seven year old to need a mental health day.