The first few months were great, but now she dreads going, expresses frustration about her ability to learn and is starting to call herself stupid. It is starting to be a battle to send her to school.
She did two years of preschool and loved it, and was really looking forward to kindergarten. The class seems fairly hands-on, they do lots of activities, sing songs, and have two recess period outside (it's only half day). So it's not like she's sitting doing worksheets all day. She likes her teacher and gets along well with the other kids.
But she's been learning her sight words more slowly than many of the other children; she does know how to sound out words and she knows plenty of sight words, but not all the ones she is supposed to know and they don't seem to come to her as quickly as they do to others, and this really frustrates her. I'm not sure how many sight words a kindergartner is realistically supposed to know, and I wish there wasn't this heavy emphasis on reading in K.
She is also frustrated with math; her preschool teachers always said she was particularly strong in math; I know preschool skills don't always transfer to grade school, but it's surprising to have her go from very strong to unconfident and lagging behind within one year. Her K class is doing addition, subtraction, and place value into the 100's. They do all this with manipulatives - Cuisinaire rods, place value blocks, etc.. - but it still seems way above what I thought kindergartners would be expected to do. I had heard that kindergarten was the new second grade, and I can see why!
I have a conference with her teacher next week and I am wondering how to approach this.