This is my first year homeschooling. My daughter is 5 1/2 and we are doing "kindergarten." We are using the reading program "Little Angels" and I really like it. She is doing great job sounding out words. She knows all her letters and the basic sounds they make.
The problem I am having is with writing. If I show her how to write a letter, she does a good job writing it. However, she is not retaining memory of how to write different letters. She's also mixing up capital and lowercase... even though if I were to point to a letter and ask her if it's capital or lowercase, she would get it right.
An example- today we tried out first test. All she had to do was write the capital letter next to the given lowercase letter. I couldn't believe how she struggled with this! I finally gave up and decided we would do some practice writing.
I wrote a lowercase P on the first line (we were using the big lined kindergarten paper), and she proceeded to write about 10 beautiful lowercase p's. But when she moved on to the next line, she couldn't do it anymore. She had medium sized p's kind of floating in the middle, she had tiny little p's squished between the dotted line and bottom line.... I mean, she JUST WROTE 10 great p's! How did she forget from one line to the next?
Is this normal? Is this a sign of a learning disability? She does have some "issues" and is "different" from other kids.... It's so frustrating. I'm trying to be very laid back. We aren't using any set curriculum (although I do have the lesson plan for the reading program). We only do about an hour and half or so of school 3-4 days a week, where we are actually sitting down. Other than that, I try to incorporate learning into everyday activities. She's a bright kid. She taught herself all her letters, numbers, colors, and shapes before she turned 3. In some ways, her memory is extraordinary. But she can't remember how to write a letter from one line to the next....
But now I feel like I'm doing it all wrong. And my patience is so thin some days that I just have to call it quits and try again the next day. I've also got a 3 year old and a 1 year old.... Sending the kids to school is not an option, so I have to get this right. Any help would be appreciated.