Hi Everyone, I don't know if you all remember me or not. I had a baby this summer and got super busy and we moved. School just started and we ended up putting our son in a private school. He skipped Kindergarten. A week after school started, his teacher expressed concerns that he seems to struggle with reading. I told her that I am very surprised to hear that. She recommended he be evaluated and if needed get some intervention. Shocked as I was I consented in case there was something they see that I don't. I'm not trained in these things so.. I thought maybe let's see. So the reading specialist came and basically he scored at the top percentiles and mastered the first grade. She didn't have other grades with her so she couldn't do more testing. But basically there isn't any issue. She couldn't believe how well he did. He's shot right up there in reading levels/comprehension. She guesses he's around 4th grade reading level and comprehension. Next time she comes she is going to bring additional grades to test him.
Every week, when spelling words come home, I test him cold and he aces it. His writing is atrocious as some might remember but he's picking up ok. I think he'll be fine in a few months. I do his math tests and he aces those. They are doing simple things like Matt has 2 blocks, Sue has 4, and Jan has 8. Put the numbers in order from least to greatest etc. Of course this is no problem.
....but he is not doing well on this tests. He got 5/10 on his spelling and 6/10 on his math tests. He doesn't like to talk about it. He doesn't have much to say. He has been protesting going to school for the past 2 weeks. One day I thought I wouldn't be able to get him out of the van. He cries. He stomps. It's like he feels some anxiety about going or being there. I don't know what it is. I remember one day when he missed some on his spelling test, the one before the last, he told me he did so well. Upon probing, in a loving kind of way, he admitted he didn't do well. But getting him to elaborate was very hard.
So why does he do well at home but not at school? I know he knows all of these things. I also know that he makes careless mistakes.
He wasn't tested for giftedness but the Psychologist we took him too for his anxiety issue told me that he is likely gifted. The reading specialist told me he was able to do what hardly none of first graders and still very few second graders could do in the decoding skills section of the tests. She said she chatted with him and he's way above and beyond other children in second grade. I know these things but would these be factors in his test performance, attitude towards school, etc? The lady asked me to get him tested for giftedness in the Spring. She said they won't test him due to his age until Spring. And I'm fine with that. I'm not in a big hurry or find it even necessary I guess. But perhaps if he has issues in school it would be helpful to identify all the components of his struggle.
Does anyone know what is going so wrong?