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My 8yo daughter and 6yo son were in home school, but it didn't work out. Now they are way way behind..What should I do?

We were having some really hard times moving around and were never able to get them in public school, and the home schooling didn't work out....so now they are no where near ready for the grades they should be in...What should I do?
In Topics: Learning issues and special needs
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Louiseasl
Feb 18, 2011
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What the Expert Says:

Hello and thank you for writing to JustAsk,

Please ask the public school where your children attend if there are any volunteer mentors or tutors to help your children. Also, communicate your concerns with their teachers.

You also may wish to look at this website for some free materials to help at home.

http://www.abcteach.com

Good luck,

Louise Sattler, Psychologist

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graham
graham writes:
Hi acastro.

Don't panic. It sounds like you know what your children are behind in, so you could look for a tutor to help them with these areas. Are they already in public school? Do you know which school district you are in? Without knowing more about your particular situation, it is hard to give advice, but here is my best shot:

Contacting the district will let you know what school they should attend (assuming its public). Then contact the school to see what grade they should be in. They may want to do an assessment to determine which grade and teacher your children should have. When you know the teachers, you should bring up your concerns with them right away to that you can work with your teachers.

At this age a lot of the learning requires reaching developmental levels, so there is hope for catching up quickly. And remember that holding a child back is not a bad thing, in many cases it can make a child feel more confident in their abilities, and its always better to be the big fish in the small pond.
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