chel, I really truly don't want to impose on your judgment about your dd, since you know her best. And I appreciate that some students do have learning difficulties and deserve to have their needs met! Just tell me to shut up if you don't find my comments helpful.
Originally Posted by chel
Sounds odd, but I think dd came in knowing enough to get her to mid-year and just didn't "learn" anything the rest of the year.
Yes, it does sound odd. Worth exploring for sure: why did she not learn anything all year?
|Well dd met with this person twice|
You have it from your dd's teacher that she is hopelessly behind and will probably have to repeat first grade (after spending an entire year feeling like she is failing
), and yet she was only able to see the reading specialist twice?
|While I'm concerned with dd having a negative outlook about learning, she loves the social aspect of school and wants to go and is very accepting of repeating 1st to the point where she doesn't feel the need to even try. I mean someone has to be at the bottom of the class, right?|
So are you saying that you think it's ok that she is so discouraged she doesn't even want to try any more? No, IMO, no one has to be at the bottom of the class in kindergarten, because there is no discernible reason not to simply facilitate each child's individual learning, realizing that there will be varying levels of readiness for acquiring (these completely basic, mechanical, non-intellectual, insignificant as a long-term reflection on a person) skills, at this age.
|I don't think I could handle homeschooling as I'm finding it near impossible working with sounding out words and counting. She just doesn't want to. She does love being read to and doing "science projects".|
I don't want to try to sell unschooling per se on the Learning at School board, obviously. However, could it be that she just isn't ready to work on sounding out words and counting? Maybe after a few months of deschooling from this stressful experience, things would look different? It seems like there should really be some educational option, somewhere, that could present an alternative to branding your dd as a slow learner because she "only" has 30 sight words.