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My 8 year old is struggling with school and I’m wondering if there are any sites out there to help them cope?

Posted by luckymom, 22nd July 2014

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  • I agree with other comments to sit and support your child yourself before other kind of help. Reading eggs, Matific, Funbrain etc are all great websites. I would also have a chat with the teacher if she observes the same struggles and what to do about it. Many schools work with TA’s who can spend some extra with your child in area’s she’s struggling with. You could also think about Kumon tutoring

  • You can actually buy a Naplan style book from stores like Big W and some book stores I found that this helped my kids and they didnt mind doing them and they are not that expensive either to buy

  • First off nothing beats a parent sitting down and helping the kids hands on with vital one-on-one time that they often miss out on at school.
    but as for websites there is
    literacy planet
    reading eggs

    my 8yr olds favourite is literacy planet because they have little avatars and can send hugs to school friends.

  • Maybe look at helping him yourself, school isn’t that hard at age 8, ask his teacher for some work sheets to do at home etc

  • I would look into tutoring. I’ld also ask the teacher for some work to do at home, home work I guess. You could help out too I’m sure. Talk to his teacher, ask for some suggestions

  • Do you mean socially or academically? Mine struggled a bit with both. I used to sit down and play fun, yet educational, games to help them with learning. Socially, I took them to anything and everything that involved other kids. He made really good friends that he’s still friends with, 10 years after high school.

  • I would ask his class teacher for a appointment so she can talk with you about what they are using at school and maybe give you your childs log in codes so you can work on them with him at home. Also my son has access to speach theropy provided by the state schooling system in vic. Turns out he was having issues with putting things in the right order or understanding what he was reading and it has helped him greatly. It took a bit of pushing on my part for him to get it. They did a assesment and agreed he needed it.

  • If it is reading I would spending more time reading with your child, you could find something that interests them eg. AFL football, use newspaper articles or match day records. Join your local library they have great programs available. Ultimately you need to be prepared to make extra time for your child to benefit.

  • There are many areas of support, first start with the school. The teacher would be aware of what is troubling your child. Is there a problem with bullies? Your child may be experiencing difficulties due to lacking development in social skills or learning difficulties. A full medical check up may be in order to ensure your child has developed to the age/ stage to be in this class. Hearing or sight impairment, might be something to consider if it is issues with school work. Tutors are available to help with children who need a little extra help.

  • Am sure there are heaps but I would be working with the teacher to establish what they are using at school

  • reading eggs, mathletics, spelling city, and study ladder all schools I work at use them the kids love them and don’t think they are learning they think it is computer time!

  • I would speak to the school and find out exactly where they are struggling at our son’s school they use some free online things so I was given his password so he could play games at home and improve his confidence.

  • My children enjoy ABC Reading Eggs. You can quite often get a free trial to see if it suits you and your children.

  • is that for school work or friendships/ settling in?

  • Krissy I thank you so much for your answer as my son also has this issue. I’m going to look into what you have advised, as I believe this Might be a good thing to try for my son as he is easily distracted and very tech orientated.

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