by Nicole

My little girl is 6 and has had troubles with her learning ever since I can remember.

She will write some of her letters backwards and even her numbers but the thing that troubles me is she really struggles with her reading and her counting.

It's like she's never seen the words before even though we just went over them the day before. And her counting--some days she can see the number and count to 50, and some days she can't get past 20.

Does any one out there have any advice for me to help my lil girl out? Her teacher now calls her slow and acts like she's just dumb and not worth the time.

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Oct 20, 2015
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Apr 25, 2012
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by: Nancy P

My grand daughter is in 1st grade and its been a huge challange to teach her everything, reading, writing, math. I have found that doing everything hands on is a big help and consistantly changing methods keeps her on her toes and interested. I made a poster board and small cards for her phonics and everytime she got one right she got to hang it on the poster board, and for spelling I used the computer to have her write her words 5 times each, she loves typing and its teaching her proper typing skills and keyboard at the same time. For math I implemented the checkbook system she got to write out checks and balance it with simple math, the checks help her learn money management and learn subraction.

Oct 14, 2011
by: Kelli

Dear Nicole,

I can hear your frustration and concern for your daughter. Here are a few thoughts and some suggestions.

First, many 6 year olds do reverse letters and numbers and this does not automatically mean your daughter is dyslexic. She may indeed learn more slowly than some other kids, or simply have a learning style that doesn’t lend itself well to memorization and rote learning in things like counting or sight words. Some kids really struggle with this.

I would suggest calling a special meeting with your daughter’s teacher and getting more specifics about how she is “slow”, as well as talking about a plan for helping her. In which areas is she struggling the most? If reading is difficult, is it because she can’t remember sight words? Does she understand that different sounds make words, and can she sound out words like ‘cat’ and ‘bug’? When she sounds out words, does she understand what they mean? Get as much specific information as you can.

Ask for suggestions on how you can help your daughter with these at home. Ask what your daughter’s strengths are; knowing what she does well can give you clues to how she learns and how you might help her with weaker areas. Does she like music? Is she very social, or does she love art? Drawing pictures of new words, or teaching counting with music, for example, may help her learn if her brain works this way.

Don’t prematurely decide that your daughter has dyslexia or a learning disability, but don’t rule it out, either. Talk over the possibility with your child’s teacher. If you are concerned and your daughter is feeling frustrated, ask to have her tested.

In the meantime, keep giving her lots of practice with the areas that are hard for her. Take it in small steps and come at it lots of different ways. Watch counting videos and sing counting songs. Count out loud while she jumps rope, or count to play hide and seek. Approaching the same skill in lots of different ways will help much more than doing the same thing over and over.

Finally, even if you are frustrated with the teacher, keep the conversation going. The more involved and proactive you are, the more your child will stay on the teacher’s radar and not be overlooked or ignored. Keep believing in your daughter--she WILL learn this!

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