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My son is in first grade he is struggling with reading his teacher gave him an 'F' on the progress report he is trying really hard Do you think an 'F' is a little harsh???




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My son is in first grade he is struggling with reading his teacher gave him an "F" on the progress report he is trying really hard Do you think an "F" is a little harsh???


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LiviaMcCoy writes:
I am so sorry to hear that your son received an "F" on his report card. It is very easy to be angry with the teacher in situations like this, but focusing your energy on the teacher won't help your son. He is the perfect age to get help with his reading. I would suggest that you make an appointment with your son's teacher as soon as possible. Together you need to figure out why your son is having trouble learning to read and to figure out some possible solutions. Best wishes to you and your precious son!
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teach4az writes:
Grades are information for parents about how well a child is doing, not about your son himself. If the teacher gave your son a higher grade than his reading warranted, you would be fooled into thinking that your son's reading abilities are higher than they are. Now you know that he is very low, and can help him so that he doesn't remain way behind. There are all sorts of wonderful resources (including fun reading games) these days for children your son's age, including free resources at the library. Learning doesn't only happen in school. Reading to your son every day and having him read to you every day will make a huge difference for him. Your son has a bright future, because you and his teacher both care about him!
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snowball writes:
YES I DO.
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riley writes:
are you having him tutored
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carterdelgado writes:
Grades are assessments on academic performance, not on your son himself. There's nothing 'harsh' about it per se. The F should be used as feedback for spending more time reading to your son. If you haven't already, try these things (my 10-step method): 1)reading a picture book with only 4-5 words per page; 2)make up the story as you go along to make it fun, rather than read word-for-word; 3)use your finger to follow the words as you tell the story & point to the pictures as you say the words for them; 4)keep your son in your lap throughout the short book; 5)always end with "The END!"; 6)read the same book daily & as your son becomes familiar with the story, you start reading the exact words while pointing to them; 7)be sure he is learning the alphabet phoenetically, the sounds of letters; 8)eventually start repeating the beginning sounds of some of the words in the book (e.g. "M-m-m-om!"; 9)gradually increase the pointing-sounding of each word read; 10)read other books to him while pointing at the words. Within about a month he should be in good shape. I began all four of my kids this way & they were all the top readers in their school. One daughter recently scored a perfect 36 on the ACT so it seems to have worked. Good luck!
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NikkiF97 writes:
Yeah i think that if he tryes hard enough the teacher should give him some credit
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