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    Quote Originally Posted by Stretched View Post
    It sounds like he does quite well in a one-on-one situation but gets 'lost' in the class environment. Maybe he gets stuck and then just sits there so when the teacher comes over he's done very little. This is not unusual. Working with him on his homework gives you the opportunity to help him with this. As you work through things ask questions like "have you done this in class?" "do you like doing these at school? Why/why not?" "how does the teacher explain this?" "what do you do if you're not sure?" and chat about these things. It will give you a better idea of what's happening in class and you the chance to possibly help give him the skills to work better in large groups.

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    Great advice Stretched! KG I've taught many children who thrive one on one but struggle in the larger group environment. It sounds like you are doing all the right things with him. Don't be surprised if he gets into Year 1 and flourishes! It takes some kids a little longer to click. Good luck

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kimberleygal1 View Post
    I'm just updating re my ds.
    Well he brought math homework home and I sat down with him to do it last night, he did the whole page himself without even counting on his figures or stopping to really think about it. I asked him what the plus sign meant in which he explained to me. So... If I wasn't already frustrated I am now. Don't know what the teacher is on about re him struggling.
    Maybe just a personality clash? Or more worrying that she doesn't know where the kids are at? Or maybe he just needs reassurance of someone sitting with him?

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    Ds had his hearing checked today which is good. His eye site was also checked and the nurse can see he is struggling with the visual acuity chart so has referred him to the optometrist. Will see what comes out of that. Could explain a lot.

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    That's really interesting KG that his eyesight may not be perfect. I've seen the difference glasses can make to a child's learning, esp when problems go undiagnosed for years.

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    Haven't read all the posts but the main thing is reading to him. Let him point to the words as you read them. Ask him questions about what the book was about and let him ask you lots of questions if he wants to. Look at and discuss the pictures. Re-read books so he becomes familiar with them. Even remembering repetition is early reading. Learn letters and sounds!!! That's the biggest thing that will help. He doesn't need to know the 100 high frequency words before reading but learning them gradually will improve his ability. As you move through the PM books they'll appear a lot. Don't go up to a new level until he can read over 90% of the words and can also tell you what happened in the story and answer simple questions (not given like a test though just in general conversation). Encourage him to spell out the words and blend the letters together - model this for him and he'll copy your lead. Let him have a go before you give him the answer but don't let him struggle for ages with a word because it detracts from enjoying the book. You can take turns reading pages if he's finding it tricky.

    Biggest thing is knowing his letters and sounds and then practising blending letters together cause with phonetically spelt words that will really help. Also using picture cues isn't cheating so if he does that it's fine - he's using his initiative and understanding that the pictures go with the story.

    Just don't rush him through the levels. Every child will learn to read and will get there. They all go at their own pace! I have taught a number of children that are great at reading but have no comprehension because it was treated as a race to improve sight words!

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    I believe more in teaching and learning at home because I'm with my child all the time and understand his needs better. Perhaps you can too!

    I'm happy to share how I taught my child to read and the materials I used:

    http://www.helpyourchildread.net

    When were out and about I'll ask him to read the road signs, when shopping he'll read the packaging. We always make a point of reading a bedtime story.

    It take's time and patience to teach before you can expect results. Good luck!

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    I teach DD online after school. It's teacher recommended, cute and challenging. DD rather does 9 hours of the worksheets than watch 1 minute of t.v.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BigRedV View Post
    Maybe just a personality clash? Or more worrying that she doesn't know where the kids are at? Or maybe he just needs reassurance of someone sitting with him?
    I couldn't agree more! As a parent and teacher of first graders, I know just how much it means to the kids in class to be reassured by me getting close (NOT TOO close!!), looking into their eyes and letting them know that I really care for where they're at.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Stretched View Post
    Kimberleygal - what you might find is that what they are expecting now, in WA schools, is more than you would have been expected to do at that year level. Most schools should be following the Australian Curriculum in Numeracy and Literacy now and the expectations are much more in line with what Vic and NSW have been teaching for many, many years. Add to that the fact that they changed the entry to mid-year, so (some) children are younger than they were not that long ago (but again, in line with other states now).

    DD will turn 6 in late Dec and is in pre-primary. It is expected that they can read books themselves like "I see a dog, I see a cat" etc, she is onto the next level so a page will read something like "I like big dogs. Can you see two big dogs?" etc and the teacher anticipates she will start chapter books by mid-year1 based on her current learning. For maths they have started doing addition and subtraction of two digits in vertical arrangement (no carrying) - which I know the PPs I taught a couple of years ago were not doing.

    Eg.
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    I don't know if all the kids can do these, but they should definitely all be able to do single digit addition and subtraction.
    !!!!! I had year 3s that could barely do maths like that last year!

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    Quote Originally Posted by love980108 View Post
    How do i teach my son to read?

    i have been getting the PM books. How many books should he read till i move up to level 1? so when would i know when to move up to level 1?

    Does he have to learn 100 sight works before reading?

    How many books of each level does he have to read before i get level 2 books and so on?

    How did your child read and how long does it take to move up levels and how many of the same level book to read?
    When my kids were beginning to read, we heard from a friend about Hooked On Phonics. Had great success with it. When they started school, they were miles ahead of the rest of the kids.


 

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