DD will be 6 in May and is in grade 1. According to her teacher, dd's mind seems to wander off quite often and doesn't hear the teacher. At the beginning of the school year, teacher asked me to have her hearing checked, but it came out fine. She said out of the 32 years she has taught, she is rarely wrong about a child. She couldn't quite say what exactly is wrong, but something isn't right. Apparently, dd's mind-wandering is more serious than most kids.
I agreed with the teacher because I also had problems teaching her at home. She used to go a Montessori preschool center for 3 years, and even the teacher said that she was quite easily distracted and had problems focusing on her work. Over Christmas, I was able to spend more time with her and tried to work things out. Before, she hated writing and would take 40 minutes to do her work (wrote one word, sat back and looked around) vs. now it's down to 10 minutes. I knew she was behind in reading so I also did some reading with her on a daily basis. She caught up very quickly and gained more confidence. After the holidays, even the teacher remarked that dd has noticeable improvement in reading.
I called the teacher yesterday, in hope that she would tell me dd has improved so much so that she doesn't need an assessment (it will set us back at $1500!). She said dd was very happy and focused during the first 2 days after returning from Christmas break, but from the 3rd day onwards, she reverted to her absent-minded self.
Can anybody share their experiences? I also felt the need to have her assessed before. In fact, dd has been assessed by three different professionals, but she was too young to be conclusive (mostly done between 4 to 5 years old). After what I did with her over Christmas and seeing her improvement, I feel comfortable enough that for the first time, I don't think she has any major problems. However, the teacher feels differently and apparently, dd acts differently in school. At home, I can provide her with one-on-one attention and bring back her wandering mind quickly. With a class in school, a teacher can't always focus on one child. I did ask dd if she was thinking about something else in school, she said no - she just wasn't listening.