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How do I tell a friend who homeschools her six year old child that I think her child is academically delayed? Supposedly the child completed kindergarten level work yet she has trouble with letter identification, does not answer story questions, and does not want to participate in small group story activities at church.




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How do I tell a friend who homeschools her six year old child that I think her child is academically delayed? Supposedly the child completed kindergarten level work yet she has trouble with letter identification, does not answer story questions, and does not want to participate in small group story activities at church.


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Lisa @ School Family writes:
Gelbvieh- That is a sticky situation, for sure. You don't want to jeopardize your friendship. Developmentally speaking, there is a huge range/spectrum for kids this age. I would not advise coming right out and saying that you think her daughter is delayed. Rather, if an opportunity comes up to talk about what kids their age are doing in broad terms, talk about kids and general. That way you can get her thinking without offending her. It could be that she is already concerned and talking to her pediatrician about these concerns.
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