C's problem with reading also goes back to his speech problems. When he was 3 he was diagnosed with Phonological Processing Disorder. Well, phonics are necessary in reading, don't you think? His teachers are aware of this problem but they don't necessarily know any extra steps to help him with it. And again, they lack the time.
I am more than willing to help him. But after being in school today he is just plum tired. He doesn't want to sit and do school type work anymore. I am lucky if I can get him to work on his homework packet let alone working on extra reading. It is very frustrating. It always ends up in tears. I've been taking these packets and excluding things that he knows and working on the things he struggles with. At the parent teacher conference I explained to them why parts of his homework wasn't complete. They seemed fine with it. But now a couple of weeks later they are sending back his packets to be completed. Do you think C will work on past packets along with his current packets? I don't think so.
C is strong in math. He enjoys it. But the school has this math system that they are very strict about. It's called SQ RQ CQ. For each math problem you need to
1. underline the problem, 2. draw a cloud around what you want answered, 3. circle the numbers needed for the problem, 4. cross out extra information, 5. draw a picture for the problem, 6. cross out parts of the picture or count the picture, 7. write out the number problem, and 8. Write how you figured out the problem. Eight steps! For many children this would be very helpful. I think it would have helped me in school. But Cameron can look at the problem and figure it out in his head, he doesn't need those steps. C is also very analytical. He has to have it exactly the way he feels it should be. So those eight steps are erased and fixed several times over until it is exactly how he wants. I just feel that all this time in his strong area is time I could use to help him with his weaker areas.
My youngest E is also going to the school twice a week for his speech. Now I am told that I need to get another shot that the school district decided was necessary. He needs the Hepatitis "A" #2 shot. I wasn't thrilled with getting him the first hepatitis shot. I feel that this type of shot is not necessary until later in life. I don't like giving unnecessary immunization until their little bodies are older. So after the nurse has been sending two letters and several phone calls I finally called for an appointment. They can't fit him in until December. I know the school won't like that because of their "records" they need for the district. In other words until they have all the numbers of children with shots where they want it the school will lose money.
My children very rarely miss school. I think Madison has missed 4 days total in 6 years. Monday they didn't go because I was out of town and their aunt wanted to play with them and have fun. I think that's wonderful! They never see her and I knew they would enjoy it. Well, the school didn't like that. They wanted a note, a phone call, and they wanted me to know that any absent is unexcused unless we have a Dr. note. In other words, they lose money unless all the kids are in school.
I have a friend who took her kids out of school for the exact same reasons I listed above. Her children are thriving! Her son who struggled with reading is now above level. It sure makes homeschooling tempting. (this is the true test to see if Jason reads this anymore, he's a teacher and disagrees strongly with homeschooling)But I know myself and I know that I lack the self discipline to pull off homeschooling. I know 8 homeschooling mothers. And I believe only 2 of them should be doing it. I know my personality well enough to know that homeschooling would not be beneficial to my child or our family. Kudos to those that do it and do it well!
So, if I don't want homeschooling and I'm not happy with our school what am I complaining about? Truly I am happy with the school. They are excellent. I just feel that sometimes I'm not in on my child's education like I would like. I wish there was time during the week I could go and help Cameron with reading during school hours. Or I wish school got over at 2:30 and not 4:00 so I had a couple of hours left in the day for Cameron's work. I need to request a meeting with the teacher and ask for them to let me judge what homework should be done.
Do any of you teachers or parents out there have any advice?