fist day woes- need help

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fist day woes- need help
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Mon, 09-20-2010 - 9:38pm

So today DS began 5th grade at public school-homescholed until now.

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Tue, 09-21-2010 - 2:47pm

Thank you all.

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Tue, 09-21-2010 - 11:33am

Completely agree with the others, don't wait to start the process, it takes long enough even at a school where they want to do everything right!

Math: You've talked to the teacher? We do Everyday Math here, too, and I have NOT found it/the teachers to force a method. I know my spectrumy child is a math wiz, but believe me, his way of solving math problems isn't the standard, at all--all his teachers have been fine with "got the right answer, and showed work", without the work being the exact way it's declared.

Everyday math DOES want to teach the operations (long division, say), the way it wants to, but honestly, they've got a point: most of my generation memorized how to do things without ever understanding why. Their way of teaching it shows the "why" a lot better, and yeah, it's slower, but they go to "our" way of doing it eventually, so what does that matter? I suspect it makes a real difference when you hit algebra. But 5th grade, he should be past all that, right? My younger kid did long-division in EM last year in 4th, this year it seems to be about writing multiplication problems as arrays (easy enough), measuring things, basically it's been review of stuff he knows, which seems appropriate for the beginning of the school year (we're 2 weeks in).

Spelling--well, is the nightly busy work teaching him anything else? Ours often is a writing thing--create sentences, paragraphs, so that's teaching something else as well. Now, we did occasionally have busy-only ones--I remember the one where you had to write each letter in a square on graph paper & then use a ruler to go around the whole word (things like "d" took up 2 boxes, so irregular outlines). That took him *forever* (like 40+ min for one assignment)--but talking to the teacher fixed that, she didn't want it taking that long, either! Do you want him to have less busy work, or harder words? Sometimes letting them have some easy homework in the things they are good at works well...

Megan
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Tue, 09-21-2010 - 9:56am

Do not wait!

                                

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Tue, 09-21-2010 - 9:08am
I would push for the IEP NOW. Because those are all things that can and should be addressed during the IEP meeting (plus to get an IEP set up takes FOREVER. Start now!) Put the request in writing. I believe by law they need to respond within so many days with a meeting.
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Tue, 09-21-2010 - 3:45am
Oh yes we have! Everyday Math is a spiral math curriculm. They hit on a concept, move away from it, then come around and it on it again. In contrast, a program like "Singapore math"
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Tue, 09-21-2010 - 12:27am

I agree with the above poster turtlemom. I had to fight years and finally hired a lawyer, but that one single legal piece of paper (the IEP) has made a world of difference for both of my kids.

Often schools like to do the wait and see, but your kid suffers in the meantime. Don't let them.

Put your concerns in writing. Ask for a full educational Evaluation. When you do so, the district has a time line to follow.

If you need more information email me privately and I can direct you to an Educational Advocacy site.

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Mon, 09-20-2010 - 11:36pm

OH HELL NO!