sarah. Posted March 5, 2012 Share Posted March 5, 2012 To give you some background His first three years of formal education were spent in an Italian primary school. He learned to read in English behind my back. I discovered him with one of my ancient Ladybird books that I'd put in his bedroom with a view to teaching him to read in English after the first year of Italian primary was done with so he would be less likely to get the phonetics (or lack there of) muddled up. He foiled my cunning plan. So far reading seems fine and on track although I have to require him to read rather than finding him curled up with a book for the joy of it. I home educated him for 4/5 year primary, but because we have to sit exams here every year I could not make a huge priority of bringing him to speed in English without impacting on the amount of time necessary to pass the exams in Italian. I also think I got too hung up on the Key Stage 2 levels and ended up "teaching to the test" rather than teaching him how to improve his written English. He went into first year Italian middle school this year (his choice) and the homework load was so immense I had to choose between reducing his social opportunities to nothing, or work on his English. I picked his social life because this is not a child who will flourish without companionship in both a group and one on one setting. He was withdrawn from school a couple of weeks ago. This is the first thing he has written (in English) since June last year. He had no help at all, 30 minutes to do it in and the spellchecker was turned off. My plan is to do an hour of English a day, focusing on the written because that is where I feel he lags significantly, from now until the end of the school year. Over the summer I want to cover English more intensively with a view to him entering InterHigh at year 7 in September. He actually should go into year 8, but he is an August baby so I'm not concerned that he'll be that much older than the rest of the class. I'm very attracted to the WWE and the WWS courses, but since his grade/age do not reflect his actual ability I am at loss to know which one to pick. Can anybody advise ? His written work from this morning..... -------- Describe your best friend. My best friend Mattia A------i. He is eleven years old,he is a student in g---------o. He's really tall,strong and a little stupid. he's hair is short and there black as a cave. He's eyes are green like a field. He's nose small. He's mouth is large and rouf. He's funny, ----- I can't believe how much he has slipped backwards. I think I'm going to cry. Please tell me it is like riding a bicycle and it will come back once he gets back into the saddle. Do I go back to the beginning and start again, or pick something more typically used with his age group and take it slowly, plugging gaps as they arise ? Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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