Third grade. No big deal right? Actually, it is a pivitol year for many 8 & 9 year olds.
If a child is struggling in school in kindergarten through 2nd grade, teachers often think it is just a matter of time before they catch up. However, by 3rd grade it often becomes evident that the student is not going to make the necessary improvements without additional support. The student is usually struggling in math or reading, maybe even both.
The 3rd grade year is when struggling students may be referred for additional testing to see if there are any possible learning disabilities that could be interfering with their ability to understand material. It is also the year that we will get calls for tutors. Sometimes students just need some one-on-one support to get them “over the hump”.
Parents of third graders need to anticipate that their children may need some time to adjust to more challenging material. Yet, they also need to be ready to intervene with addtional support because 8 or 9 year olds should not be turned off by learning or school. If they are negative towards school, it is probably because they are struggling.
What was a pivitol year for your child’s learing? How did you handle it?