Friday, January 08, 2010
#########WARNING THIS IS A VENT SESSION################
Wow, last night was a doozy, followed by more fun this morning!! If it were a run day I'd probably run the Half today!! I'm so frustrated!!
I don't normally use my blog for this kind of stuff.....but if I don't get this out of my system, i'll probably eat everything in the house. soooo:
my frustration is my child, not really him but his situation, our situation.
1. he's dyslexic (recently diagnosed)
2. he spent all of second grade with a broken (right) arm.
3. his second grade teacher primarily focused on getting pregnant with her new husband.....and that's about the nicest thing I have to say about her.
here we are at the second half of third grade. my kiddo is practically failing. he's in a langauge program that helps him with reading, but its not really a dyslexic program so much as it is a reading comprehension program. they say he's improving....i dont' see that manifestation at home, but then again i'm not timing him when he reads to me.
he's barely able to do math, they are learning multiplication and he's still trying to learn to add/subtract. because he's dyslexic and he basically had NO teacher all of last year, the bulk of the teaching falls onto me. on days like yesterday when he has no assigned homework, but we have to do math drills anyway, its world war three.
i'm thinking we'll sit down and get this done, it doesn't take long. but he was making the same mistakes on the same questions. what started out as "review of adding 3s" 3+1, 3+2, 3+3..... ended up with him going to bed for the night.
somedays its a breeze to get the extra work done, but alot of times its like yesterday. he's frustrated, i'm frustrated. he feels stupid and i feel like he's being lazy.
usually we go over his math facts on the way to school, especially on test day. today on the way to school i start quizzing him. he says he already knows these math facts so he doesn't have to tell me.
which basically ended in me telling him he's grounded for life! when he gets home we'll do math for however long it takes! all weekend, every day.
who's stupid now?? ME!! he's certainly not grounded for life....but he's grounded for disobedience and stonewalling. but if he never learns to read or do math, i guess he'll live with us forever, so I could ground him for life, at least all of mine anyway!
at this point i'm not sure what to do, or how to help him. reviewing basic math facts at home is the teachers solution. this year his teacher is nice and at least she cares about his education but she has problems with keeping him motivated as well. he's not movitated because he has a minimal second grade level of reading and i'd say about a 1st grade level of math knowledge. but he's having to learn at a 3rd grade level and he's failing at it.
he's frustrated, i'm frustrated. right now i don't see a solution......surely there is one, but i don't know what it is and i'm running out of time, he has to take the assessment test in March, he'll have to do word problems! have i mentioned he can't read (well) or do math?