aj4123
aj4123 asks:
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My sister has been struggling in first grade! Need advice!

Last year, my mom didn't send my little sister to school because our zone school was overcrowded and the only option was to send her to an annex school that was very far away. My didn't think my sister (5 at the time) could be okay taking the school bus by herself, so we held off on sending her to school that year but still teaching her some things at home.

Now this year, when we went to enroll my sister to school, we had the same problem as last year with the overcrowded schools. In addition, we were told that my sister couldn't be placed in kindergarten anymore since her birth year didn't match the entry of this years kindergarten class. SO instead, my sister was placed in first grade.

So know shes in first grade and she can't keep up. She can't read or write on her own. Yesterday, when I went to parent teacher conference, the teacher didn't give me or my mom ideas or plans on what to do to help my sister.

so what can i do. Do you know any programs or immediate plans of action? I don't want to have my sister repeat a year if we can help her.
In Topics: School and Academics, My child's growth and development, Parenting / Our Family
> 60 days ago

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shybie
shybie writes:
It's wonderful that you're being so supportive and helpful for your mother and little sister. I know that can be a lot of stress for an older sibling and even seem a little over whelming. We had a similar situation in my own household when I was a kid.

It's been a couple months since you asked your question I hope you've found some assistance from your sister's school. I'm surprised they didn't allow your sister attend Kindergarten 6 isn't an unusual age for a a Kindergartner.  

In case you haven't had any luck there are a couple resources you can start looking into. Contact the guidance counselor at your sister's school. Ask them them about arranging to have your sister work with a reading specialist? Also ask them what free tutoring services are available for your sister? You might also ask her school librarian. If that goes nowhere contact the her school principle. Your mom should probably also make a complaint to the principle about the lack of help she's getting from the teacher.
 
If you don't have any luck getting anywhere with the school staff your next step will be to contact the school district admin and the school board. Then your states department of education.

There is a good chance your local library or community center  may have some sort of tutoring program or have a list of programs that would be available to you.

LSS is a non-profit social service program located in many states. They have mentoring services available for kids they may also have tutoring services or be able to provide you with information.

You might also check with the 'Boys and Girls Club' and your local Big Brothers Big Sisters program.  

Local churches sometimes also have tutoring programs.

If there is a college in your city they may also have a tutoring program for K-12 students as part of their teaching program for their Department of Education students.  

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Sorry there is a lot of web addresses here but it's just a place to start.

There are an assortment of web sites that help with learning to read and activities your sister can do at home to practice her reading skills.

readingbear.org
starfall.com

progressivephonics.com

sightandsoundreading.com

teachyourmonstertoread.com

http://supersimplelearning.com/abcs/games/

http://pbskids.org/lions/

http://teacher.scholastic.com/clifford1/

http://www.softschools.com/language_arts/phonics/

http://www.familylearning.org.uk/phonics_games.html

storynory.com  This site has fun read along story's. Even though your sister won't be able to read the story's they will be fun to listen to and eventually she'll be able to read along.

freereading.net

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Non-computer activities.
Make or print out letter flash cards. Create separate cards for Capital and small letters.

You can play Memory with them, Go Fish (match big letter with there little letter)

Alphabet Soup: Place plastic letters in a bowl. Divide flashcards by their beginning letters. Each student draws a letter from the bowl and then finds the flashcards associated with that letter

http://www.tipjunkie.com/post/alphabet-letters/  

http://www.crayola.com/lesson-plans/domino-phonics-lesson-plan/

Printables
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http://kidzone.ws/phonics/index.htm

http://christina-tsiagli.blogspot.com/2012/04/letter-games-printable-alphabet.html

http://teacher.scholastic.com/lessonrepro/reproducibles/profbooks/p980101a.htm

http://www.familylearning.org.uk/reading_printables.html

http://supersimplelearning.com/resource-center/browse/product/super-simple-abcs-phonics-fun/#worksheets

http://www.education.com/worksheets/printable-board-games/

Word Lists by Grade
http://www.mrsperkins.com/dolch.htm

http://www.readingbyphonics.com/worksheets/

http://www.bigiqkids.com/SpellingVocabulary/Lessons/wordlistSpellingFirstGrade.shtml

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