Even though class has just begun, your child could already be falling behind the pack.
Spot the early signs of scholarly struggles
He can’t handle his homework
According to Julia Simens, M.A., author, teacher and school counselor, homework is a big indication that your child didn’t grasp the concepts taught in class. If he is constantly asking for your help with his homework, consider this a red flag. Simens says, "Don't [take] the easy way out and help your child with the homework; make sure they know what it is and can strongly attach the problems."
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Does your kindergartener have difficulty remembering early learning concepts like letter names or sounds, names of colors or numbers, rhyming, writing his own name or sounding out or blending three letter words such as cat or sip? Does your first grader have difficulty reading his "I Can Read" level books? If so, there may be a problem, says Jill Lauren, MA, learning specialist and author of That's Like Me! and Succeeding with LD.
He doesn’t like school
Jennifer Little, Ph.D., of Parents Teach Kids, says, "Generally speaking, children who are falling behind in school don't like school. They will make comments about being dumb or stupid, how others are smarter, etc."
However, she also gives a few specific behaviors of what to watch for:
If you notice any of the aforementioned warning signs, don’t wait. Talk to your child’s teacher, work with him on homework, re-enforce concepts taught in school and consider a tutor to help your child build confidence about learning.
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