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Date: 2/10/12 2:15 PM

We've been seeing a steady decline in her academics but this quarter they took a nosedive. She needs some remedial work - perhaps back to the 4th grade level, certainly 5th grade.

Any suggestions for workbooks etc that have worked for you/your child?

JEF

ETA: that should be 6th GRADE daughter :)
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Date: 2/10/12 2:26 PM

Years ago we found edHelper to be very useful for our youngest daughter.

Another one of our daughters is a 1st grade teacher. When I talk to her next, I will ask her for other recomendations.

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Date: 2/10/12 2:50 PM

Thank you!

JEF

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Date: 2/10/12 2:50 PM

I wouldnt buy a thing... go to the ( or any) school and get old discarded textbooks.....

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Date: 2/10/12 3:05 PM


JEF.. This is really quite unusual.. not uncommon for a child to be behind.. or get behind.. or not grasp a certain subject.. or advance in a certain area.. lets take math for instance.. maybe she could master multiplication tables but not grasp measurements.. BUT to suddenly decline in a lot of different areas of study indicates to me something else might be going on.

I have to assume you did have her eyes checked ? But let me tell you from personal experience... your eyes can go quickly.. can be fine at the time you had them checked.. but go downhill and leave you in need of glasses before you know it.. even at a young age.. The school nurse can most probably do a quick check. if you still have a school nurse.

She should not be having problems in all subjects.. Every student has good subjects they excel in.. and others they do not.. I did fine with math all they way thru 9th grade even into algebra .. but only half way into algebra before I needed help.. So sometimes you can just get a mental block in a certain area of study..

I am neither a teacher nor a psychologist.. but it just makes common sense that something more might be going on here.. Back her studies up to where she was before she had troubles understanding the work.. and work your way up to where troubles start if its only in one subject.. then you will know what area of that subject stumped her. As in most studies you have to have a good base to build on.. for instance in math. you have to master basics of multiplying , dividing. adding and subtracting before you can move on. Once you determine what it is she has not mastered.. you can work on that area.. But if its all subjects I would be looking for other explanations as to why the sudden drop in grades..

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Date: 2/10/12 3:14 PM

I agree with pigling entirely, and in addition, I have not heard of actually demoting a child. Extra classes that would help children yes, but not grade demotion. That will probably have a social effect that years from now will dwarf the academic troubles she is now enduring.

Have you had her completely tested for learning disabilities? Your school should be testing free for these, as there is the American With Disabilities Act in place to ensure your child's needs are met. I have personal experience with this, and would say that testing is the first step before anything else, except that eye exam. Also a physical is in the picture here as well.

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Date: 2/10/12 3:57 PM

Check her hearing too. It's a big deal.

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Date: 2/10/12 4:01 PM

Do a search for Khan Academy - he's on Youtube as well. This guy has a STELLAR reputation for teaching math online. He has been featured on 20/20. My son turned us on to him a few months back. Supposedly teaches all levels and it's FREE! He used him for college algebra and says the guys teaching skills are the best ever.

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Date: 2/10/12 4:40 PM

A second vote for Khan academy here. He covers things in discreet chunks. So you learn one concept before you move on to the next. And you can watch over and over until you get it.

I used Kumon Math for a couple of my kids. At the time our school district had just started an awful program of math for the elementary school kids. It was all about concepts, which sounds really great, but had no repetition to get the kids really comfortable with their skills. They have since dropped the program.

Kumon is all about repetition. Which can get tedious. But kids who are in it really get their skills down. It is expensive though.

I have kids who have had various challenges in their school careers. Our schools will provide testing, but usually only after the kids are really struggling. We ended up paying for testing ourselves to try to get a handle on the problem before it got bad. Having those test results helped us understand why are kids were having problems, and let us either work with them separately or get accomodations from the school. If a physical check-up doesn't show any problems, I would recommend having a qualified psychologist do some tests on learning styles, strengths, etc. Often times the struggle is a result of a disparity in abilities: Processing ability is high, but the physical writing ability is low for instance.

Good luck!!

Susan

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Date: 2/10/12 4:42 PM

I agree with Poor Pigling -- please make sure that your daughter isn't being bullied by the students OR the teacher. Teachers can be bullies! Also, get her a full physical, not just her eyes. If something is goofy/wrong that can cause real issues.

I hope this doesn't seem insensitive, but if your daughter is a late/early bloomer she may be compensating for the attention that this is garnering for her by "disappearing" into the mediocre student role.

I hope you are only experiencing an academic issue, but it could be more serious. Better safe than sorry!

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