Friday, April 19, 2013

Goofy's Parent/Teacher Conference: Help with reading

Going into the parent/teacher conference, I was not a happy mama and I most definitely did not want to be nice and cooperative. I was pissed off and wanted the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth and there was no way I was leaving without it.

The teacher started the meeting with what we are looking for in a teacher next year and what exactly his issues were that needed to be addressed. I didn't see much need for this part of the discussion because the principal and the counselor picked out a teacher at the 504 meeting. There was one solitary mention of how he is when he gets his medicine in the morning, that was nixed pretty quickly and I didn't even have to pull out my printed up IDEA Sec. 612(a)(25) (States must have policies and procedures prohibiting schools from requiring a child to obtain prescription medications (specifically “psychotropic medications”) as condition of attending school or receiving services.) paper. Sweet. and they made notes on what I had to say about the bus driver... so we can have him again next year? I hope so :)

And since we've already had the teacher conversation, I want to know what to do about my son not being able to read. I wanted to know what I could do over the summer to help him get as close to the expected reading level as he could. I told them what Google had to say about what he should be reading based on a kindergarten website and the fact that he can't. They were quick to tell me to stay the hell away from Google. Not in those words, of course, but you get the idea. I told them I don't have a choice. I don't know what his sight words are, I don't know what I'm supposed to be doing to help him, the only place I can get information is Google. So, that's who I'm asking and Google said he should be able to read certain sight words and certain sentence combinations and he can't. I told them I didn't go to school for this, I don't know what I'm doing, I just want to know what I can do to help him.

Then the information flood gates opened. He is most definitely behind. but not far enough that it's worrisome.

The first suggestion was summer school. Not even going to happen. no freakin way. Summer school is Monday-Thursday 8-12 and transportation is not provided. That means I would have to get the heathens up, ready and at the school that is not right up the street by 8am to drop him off and then reload a couple of hours later to go get him. With any luck, we'll be sleeping at least half of the summer school day away before the "Good morning, good morning,  good morning, comeonin, comeonin, comeonin, mama, mama, mama..." alarm clock goes off. I'm sorry, not to brag or anything, but you know I told you I got pretty damned lucky with this one. My baby loves his mama enough to sleep. The other one, on the other hand... *fingers crossed* So, summer school's not happening.

I asked them if he needed summer school or if this is something I can work on myself at home. The principal has been the principal for all of my kids so she knows what I'm facing summer mornings and is quick to reassure me that if I work with him for 20 minutes or so a day, he will do fine without summer school so we move on to option #2: DIY, and this is the part you all will be interested in.

Right now, he's a level 1 reader.


Story Time: She said to continue with story time and ask the librarian to show me the level 1 and level 2 books.

Continue to read to him 20 minutes/day and have him read the level 1 books.

She said they are working on Dolch sight words, but not only are the words important, usage of short sentences, letter size and word distance apart are important, too. They should look like this (not sure that it will turn out with my template, but we'll give it a try)

I   like   my   dog.

Spelling doesn't count, let him write the word as he hears it.

Dry Erase Markers: If I was to let him do "bad" things like write on the furniture or floors, I'm pretty sure he'd be more than willing to practice writing a few words.

Cut up sentences.

Shaving Cream Letters/Words


Super Teacher Worksheets
Super Teacher Ideas (not sure which one, they just said Super Teacher)



  1. Sounds like a great plan. I will have to check out some of the websites. PEACE

  2. super momma! got any good websites/ workbooks/ tips for kindergarten WRITING? My kid isn't behind on reading, but is on writing....... She can read anything, but her penmanship leaves much to be desired..... (her twin is fine). thanks fellow Kindergarten mom!

    1. I'm more worried about my Goofy one's reading than his writing but, yes. In the post under "writing" there are some tips and the "websites" address both reading and writing among other things.