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year 2 DD not making progress ....

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ninja Fri 25-Sep-09 21:28:01

DD started off well in reception, enjoying school, happy ...

In year 2 it soon became clear she wasn't picking up her literacy as fast as other, but I just thought she'd do it in her own time. She still put her hand up and joined in in class. I keep getting told she's very bright verbally and maths is fine.

Now in year 2 and she's not progressing at all, I struggle to get her to do anything at home, she just fidgits and I get hysterics if I try and insist - she keeps teling me she can't do things, even simple addition that I KNOW she could do in reception.

I think part of the issue is that DD2 was born last September and she hasn't recovered from this, she's been wetting the bed for the last 10 months (having been dry for 2 years). She's never been a great sleeper, but it takes hours for her to go to sleep now and I wonder whether it's all connected.

I'm getting more concerned as she seems to be going backwards now.

She says she enjoys school, loves her teacher, has friends (although not really a special one)

I guess I just want to know what you think is this normal? How can I encourage her (I've tried games, shopping lists, letters to the tooth fairy .....)?


labyrinthine Fri 25-Sep-09 23:33:04

Well I am no expert but the thing that instantly springs to mind is is she dyslexic and this is causing delay in literacy and lack of confidence?

How is her reading?

MintyCane Sat 26-Sep-09 07:46:04

Do they teach with phonics at your school

fridayschild Sat 26-Sep-09 07:58:42

If you trust the teachers, what do they suggest you do?

I was worried about DS1's reading in Y1, and the school were just chilled about it. They said not to do daily reading if all we had was a daily fight and to leave it for a couple of months. He was always able to read his high frequency words if I iced them onto biscuits or fairy cakes though hmm. Actually that was quite reassuring! He doesn't exactly love reading now he is in Y2 but he is better.

Quite a few MN people find educational websites help their DCs, have you tried those? DS1 doesn't like them, but your DD might.

ninja Sat 26-Sep-09 08:24:47

They do teach phonics and while she could learn those it took a while for her to be able to hear them in words but she can now.

I have wondered about dyslexia, she still has a lot of backwards numbers and letters, sometimes reads a word backwards and still often can't read the basic words. She can decode them now, but it takes AGES trying to get a reluctant child to decode every word.

I've mentioned dyslexia but my husband just laughs and says I'm being pushy, I've mentioned it at school but the teacher didn't seem to think that was it.

Saying that the teacher is quite new with this age group

I've tried to get her on educational websites, but unless she's seen them at school she'd rather do Dora etc...

sassy Sat 26-Sep-09 08:38:49

have you had her hearing tested? If that has deteriorated, could be the answer.

sassy Sat 26-Sep-09 08:40:10

Not the only answer obviously, but it might really contribute to falling behind and then gettin switched off generally.

labyrinthine Sat 26-Sep-09 09:49:35

my ds had great trouble reading certain words such as "here" ~ it didn't matter how many times he had seen it he still found it difficult.
He also couldn't sound out vowel sounds.
They tested him in yr1 for dyslexia and said it was a bit young to tell but he appeared to be just rushing and finding spelling hard but because he was very bright he could overcome it with his memory.
Long story short he struggled again in yr 4 but I didn't ask for another test as he had had one and school didn't do one~so he sort of slipped through the net.
He does english A level now but I still feel he has a dyslexic tendency but can overcome it by memorising the spellings.[He hasn't wanted to pursue it himself]

So I would say if her verbal ablitity and understanding outstrips her ability to write it down and she has trouble reading tell the teacher and bear it in mind each year ~don't think youcan't retest for it,becuse knowing is better than not knowing and her confidence will not be damaged.

Also the use of the pc will allow her to function at more her natural level instead of feeling she can't do it.

Danceaway Tue 29-Sep-09 14:42:35

She sounds like she's finding things in general hard - bedwetting prob a symptom and a cause - and you could just try taking the pressure off completely, reassuring her that she's doing absolutely fine, you're very proud of her and that you love her regardless of anything, especially how she's doing at school.
If she is generally happy at school that is by far and away the most important thing. Dyslexia sounds possible, ask to speak to the SENCO and have them assess your daughter without her knowledge; the teacher should support this or at least support your right to ask for it, sounds very reasonable to me. Good luck.

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