Tiramisu Posted December 6, 2011 Share Posted December 6, 2011 Dd has become a good math student after a very rough start, with the first months of hsing being a trial of several different math curricula. Even now that we've been settled with a curriculum that she enjoys and is successful with, math usually takes her well over an hour. This was true as a second grader and it's true now in sixth grade. Due to her not feeling well lately, I've offered her the option of letting me write for her. When I write do, the CLE lessons only take about 20 minutes, and I'm seeing that her mind works at a good pace so sometimes I really have to put an effort into keeping up with what she's teling me to write. I know this same dd has struggled with writing. When she was younger, it was the physical act of it (lax ligaments at play?), and she formed some letters a bit oddly, like starting at the bottom. I attributed that to lack of instruction, but it hasn't particularly helped when I've tried to correct her either. Personally, now, I think she writes well. Her handwriting is still so-so, but her style, structure, and content are good. She still doesn't enjoy the process, but I think it's becoming less of a chore than it used to be. In the old days, she would get so very frustrated with it and just drop her head on the table. The thinking and the writing together seemed too much. (Yes, I know what SWB says about this. ;)) I've wondered a bit about dysgraphia before, but I thought it was probably just me thinking too much. At the same time, the difference in how long it takes her to do math with her writing and with me writing is really significant. At the same time, could we just be dealing with an attention issue, with my being there keeping her on task? She has complained before of an inability to concentrate. What about working memory? Is she getting bogged down when there's both the thinking and the writing to worry about, whether it's math or other writing? Any thoughts? Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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