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#1 Crelb

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Posted 15 July 2009 - 06:15 PM

I have just got back from the parent teacher interviews and a bit shocked to learn Lachie is VERY behind in his English. Spelling writting reading etc. I knew he was a struggler but not this far back.
He is in year 4 at the moment and this teacher puts him at a grade 2 level.
She has recomended we look into getting him help.

She said kids who are normally this far back can apply for an aide but as he is great in other areas this is not an option.

I really dont know where to go from here, she is going to see if the school can help out but is unsure if they can.
We are not in a position to be able to pay big $$ for a tutor but will find it somehow, even if I have to beg borrow and steal!
Education is way to important not to.

I know there a a few teachers and even parents who have delt with this here and was wondering if anyone knew where or what I can be doing??

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Posted 15 July 2009 - 08:44 PM

Maybe try contacting the education department of a local uni, and ask if any of their students would be interested in tutoring him? There's a chance some of them would be willing to do it for little money, for the experience of it - I did it!
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Posted 15 July 2009 - 09:18 PM

One of my girls has started Kumon and I have seen an improvement in her English skills. I understand it is very reasonably priced. I also know there is one in Carrum and Mount Eliza. http://au.kumonglobal.com
Getting an Education student to help him is also a good idea.


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Posted 15 July 2009 - 09:20 PM

I have heard of not for profit organisations such as churches and community centres offering free tutoring for families that could otherwise not afford it so this could be an option for you to look into if you have trouble finding a low-cost option.
I see you're from Morn peninsula so I did a quick search for you and all I found is THIS but I can do a better search for you tomorrow when I have more time if you like.
Plus you could maybe try centrelink or your local youth centre to see if they know of anything.

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Posted 15 July 2009 - 10:03 PM

Fantastic will look at those sites now

Thank you and any more advice etc would be great



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Posted 16 July 2009 - 09:27 PM

I second contacting the local uni. for an education student. They usually charge a lot less than most tutoring companies and will be glad of the experience. I, too, used to do this.

Another alternative could be small group tutoring (2-3 children in a group). There are some companies that do this, and usually the fee is slightly lower than one-on-one. Just contact some tutoring companies in your local area.
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Posted 20 July 2009 - 08:43 AM

If it is literacy he is struggling with then often it is a matter of reinforcing the work at home. Get him to read to you for a set number of minutes each day, give him a spelling list and get him to work on it every day for 5 minutes after school, and get him to write about something he sees on the news every day. enchanted learning.com has some good stuff for younger kids-some of their worksheets and booklets can be downloaded free or it costs $25 to join for a year.
Also there are some ok literacy revision books you can buy from the newsagent for about $10.
I have done a fair bit of remedial tutoring when i was studying to be a teacher and those are the types of things that have the greatest impact since literacy work is usually about repetition and practice. Give him a gold star every time he completes a set task (eg 10 minutes reading aloud) and when he accrues 10 stars have a prize for him.
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Posted 20 July 2009 - 12:16 PM

It is definitely about following it up at home and getting him some adidtition assistance, BUT at the same time are the school doing anything extra to help him. Do they have intervention classes that he can attend, or have they just thrown it in your hands and left it.

Is he on an individual learning plan (ILP). A child that is that far behind should have had a plan written long ago. There is generally a section that is home follow up - has the teacher gone through it with you - that way you are working on the same things at the same time.



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Posted 24 July 2009 - 07:58 AM

QUOTE(Nadine @ Jul 20 2009, 12:16 PM) View Post

It is definitely about following it up at home and getting him some adidtition assistance, BUT at the same time are the school doing anything extra to help him. Do they have intervention classes that he can attend, or have they just thrown it in your hands and left it.

Is he on an individual learning plan (ILP). A child that is that far behind should have had a plan written long ago. There is generally a section that is home follow up - has the teacher gone through it with you - that way you are working on the same things at the same time.


I'm with Nadine, I would be seeing if the school has formally assessed his literacy skills. I don't know what Vic schools are like, but you certainly CAN get additional classroom support for a child with language difficulties. As this does affect his other areas of learning.

Before you start forking out the dollars, talk to the person in charge of special needs education at the school.




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