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Tips for Getting your Child Help at School

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Tips for Getting your Child Help at School

 
Have you ever been at the kitchen table, sitting eye to eye with a bleary eyed nine year-old and a fourth grade math problem?  Has the vein the size of an inchworm popped out of your neck as you tried to explain for the hundredth time why the answer  to the same math problem is ‘10’?   I’ve been there.  Perhaps it wasn’t math, but reading for you.  When helping with math at home got to this point, I would rather shovel snow out of every seat in the MetLife Stadium – by my-self, than to explain it one more time or find one more example
At one point in time my oldest needed some help in math. At home we recognized that she could learn how to do a math problem, but a few weeks later she would forget how.  How could that be?  Why did she not comprehend? We asked the teacher to recommend any websites or books for practice. We provided those books (and then some) at home.  But still, she did not seem to always ‘get it’.  We were baffled, frustrated and running out of at home solutions. 
Fortunately, I knew that I could ask for help at school.  Before my oldest started fifth grade I asked her teacher to place her in a math support class, a.k.a. remediation.  I was hesitant at first.  I couldn’t help but remember the children who would magically disappear with a resource teacher from class and teased later for doing so.  I didn’t want that for her.  But, then I read this article.  Fascinating article, but what really resonated with me was that the author struggled to read in elementary school.  After a few years of support reading classes the author of this article went on to graduate school.  It was then I had a ‘you know what?’ moment.  My you know what is, that even though I didn’t envision remediation classes at birth, my baby needed help with math that I couldn’t give her.  Additionally,  just because my child may enter into support/remediation does not mean she will stay there [ nor, if you really freak out like me, that she will not go to college]. 
We still continued to work with my oldest at home.  If she was ever teased about going to her math support class, it was never to the extent where it seemed to bother her.  She has long left her math support class and is doing much better now.  Thank God, because I can’t afford to pop any veins and I wouldn’t last outside in the cold shoveling snow.

Tips:

It’s okay to ask for help, even when it may not be offered. 
What are some signs your child may need additional help in school? Perhaps your child:
shows signs of knowing but is challenged with understanding, i.e. they can perform the task with you, but may have trouble applying it later
is performing below grade level
fails to achieve a passing score on the state standardized test
What can you do?
          Continue extra help at home. 
Ask the teachers or experts you may know in your community and research ways you can assist with improving performance.
Request that your child's teacher pull their test scores.  Are they on grade level? If not how many grade levels behind?
If they are behind a grade level (or two) you can ask your child’s teacher for more information about in school programs offered that will meet the needs of your child. i.e. remediation programs for math and reading.
 
*Note remediation is different from a child having a learning disability.  Read more here

What other ways have you found help at school for your child?

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