My 11 year old is in 5th grade. Thank God she has been getting great report cards. The teacher said she is a good student and a pretty hard worker but the teacher said ,and I totally agree , that she gets a little lazy at times . In my house I am the person that helps with the homework, studying for tests and doing reports. My little one is a very aggressive learner. She needs my help on occasion but she is very self motivated. My oldest has the tools and grinds out nice grades. It doesnt come as easy for her as her sister but she gets it done and we have been pleased with her grades and reports from the teacher.
Here is my biggest issue. Her spelling is pretty bad. I contribute some of it to laziness and some of it to her not really sounding these things out correctly or having a quick grasp of the spelling "formulas" that you use to be a decent speller. Last night we were studying for a test and in her class she completed a 6 page study guide. I asked her where she got the answers from the study guide. She tried to lie and say she just knew them I said sure, every kid knows the stamp act and sons of liberty. So she then says she got the answers from the book. . This pissed me off pretty good because I said if you took the time to search the book for the answers and create a great study guide that means the words were right there in front of you. So why would they be spelled wrong when you took them from the book and wrote them on the guide ? The problem is she is now at the age where they deduct points when a word is spelled wrong. So she knew the material really well but on a 6 page test if she spells 6-7 words wrong it can turn a 85 into a 77 and that bugs me beyond belief.
Anyway if anyone has any suggestions on maybe books or a program I can get to help improve her spelling I would appreciate it. Any of you that are friends with my wife on facebook know that she is certainly no help in this dept so I am reaching out to the huddle. Thanks
Edited by whomper, 24 April 2012 - 08:08 AM.