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# Help with K child

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My daughter is 5.5 and is a registered kindergartner with the state. (so no skipping lessons)  She is struggling to learn basic skills, like numbers and letters.  She is able to read cvc words and locate places on maps, but can't tell a 6 from a 7.  She also has a very serious problem with arguing and wanting to do things her own way.  I am not sure if this is affecting her ability to learn.

Has anyone had similar problems, and what did you do.  I am about ready to pull my hair out, we have been doing 6 and 7 for 12 weeks now and she still cant consistently get them correct when quizzed. I think it may be a LD but that may also be way out in left field.

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How are you teaching? Are you using a curriculum or making your own?

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A little of both.  We have rightstart a but she can't do it, it moves too fast so we are working though the ideas but at a much slower pace.  I am also adding in multi-sensory number activities but she just seems unable to "memorize" the shape that is each number, she also can't name any number larger than 5 on the abacus or with tally sticks. She is doing a bit better with letters.

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With the little one I have right now, I find it helpful to say-and-trace.  As his finger moves down the letter or digit, he slowly says the sound/number.  The act of doing both at the same time reinforces the memory.  He plays with a spindle box and c-rods to learn quantities, but I have thought of getting Kate Snow's book to work with him since he is so interested in numbers and sounds at the moment.

Does your daughter have trouble with other shapes?  Can she match outlines of triangles, for example, matching a right triangle to a right one and not an isosceles?   We worked through Developing The Early Learner, a set of books that develops base skills like auditory & visual discrimination, following two-step instructions, tracing, hand-eye coordination, and so on.  It gave me a good idea on where the problems were so we could focus on those more and get him ready for elementary age work.

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She can match shapes to their match but she may or may not be able to remember what the shape is called. It is almost seems like a memory issue connecting the name of the thing to the "shape" of the thing be it a number, a letter, a shape or even the name of her friends sometimes.

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Meet the numbers can work fast for some to learn numbers but the meet the numbers app helped my dd who had difficulty with that more because she has to pick the number and be engaged rather then just watch something that was not very interesting. Tracing in sand or tracing sand paper letters can help too. If Right Start moves too fast Ronit Bird might be an option. I am not sure if you like Ebooks (I don't) but I heard dots is good for that. Eventually I would start thinking about evaluations if you could afford it or it was covered.

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My daughter is 5.5 and is a registered kindergartner with the state. (so no skipping lessons)  She is struggling to learn basic skills, like numbers and letters.  She is able to read cvc words and locate places on maps, but can't tell a 6 from a 7.  She also has a very serious problem with arguing and wanting to do things her own way.  I am not sure if this is affecting her ability to learn.

Has anyone had similar problems, and what did you do.  I am about ready to pull my hair out, we have been doing 6 and 7 for 12 weeks now and she still cant consistently get them correct when quizzed. I think it may be a LD but that may also be way out in left field.

I think you should listen to your instincts. With my own K child who was struggling, it turned out what I perceived as a defiance problem was actually the outward expression of her frustration and fear at being asked to do things that were just not possible for her at the time. So could it be the other way around-- that her inability to learn is affecting your relationship? In my state, you can contact your school district for evaluation (and are eligible for certain services even if homeschooling). It is good to be able to rule that out at the very least before proceeding.

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It could also be a vision problem, try a developmental optometrist, www.covd.org and get vision screened out.  This type of eye doctor looks at more than a regular eye doctor.

Try making them bigger and in different fonts and see if that helps...there is a font called dyslexie than you can download a home version of for free that should work well for any type of underlying vision problem in the interim before you can do testing.  It is supposedly for dyslexia but many people who the font helps probably need vision therapy, not dyslexia help.

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