Thursday, May 22, 2008

Mom's failing report card

Faith's standardized test report card gives me reason to celebrate and hang my head in shame. I don't mean I am ashamed of her, but of me. While she more than excelled in the high 90th percentile in math, social studies and science her reading grade was about 40 points lower. That is my fault - totally. If only I had read with her more, reviewed spelling words frequently and insisted we study even when she said she knew the material. While she is of good character, I shouldn't have trusted a 7-year-old with her skills assessment. There is cause for optimism, though. She does retain information extremely well so I'm sure her trouble comes in not recognizing words she should already know. My husband and I did drill her on each week's spelling words and she did well on tests but it's the cumulative knowledge that's tripping her up. Summer home-school is in order. I am pledging to take time to go over all vocabulary and spelling words while we tackle as many books as we can over her vacation. Wish us luck. I don't want to let her down again.
- Liz


misty said...

Liz - Ga School Supply on Mercer University (out by 475) has some great workbooks and summer teaching stuff. I got Daniel the "poem a week" book, which has word flash cards and an activity for each week. There's also a great workbook I didn't pick up - bridging the year from k-1, 1-2, 2-3, and so on. They are the first thing you see when you walk in the door.

Jo-Ann Beitz said...

Liz, I'd like to offer a suggestion. Have her write every day, and keep it simple. She can retell her day, and then show it to Daddy when he comes home. Note, TO YOURSELF, her errors and then positively show her another way to write her sentences. Keep reading to her, but make it a chapter book you like! She'll catch on to your enthusiasm.