Parents always want to be on top of their kids progress in school. But it can be hard to tell when your child is falling behind. Grades are a good indicator but they aren't the only pointer that something can be wrong. Also, it may be hard to tell if they’re slipping or falling behind if you’re in between report cards or you aren’t seeing their work all the time, there could be hidden issues.
The first step would be to approach your child’s teacher if you have any concerns. Also make sure the teacher knows they can and should reach out to you if they are noticing problems or signs your child is struggling. The teacher’s feedback is the most direct line outside of grades to knowing where your child is struggling.
Additionally, especially if your child has been struggling for a while, they may be misbehaving at school. Children haven’t always developed all the communication skills necessary to speak up about the specific things they are having trouble with in school. Their misbehavior may even be happening in the same way and at the same time of day to try and avoid a specific subject.
Avoiding Talking About School
Another frustrating way you may know something is wrong is when your child doesn’t want to talk about school at all. When they would normally chat about their day with ease and they suddenly don’t want to mention it at all, this can be a red flag. It might not be the whole school day they’re avoiding, but just one or a couple subjects. For example, they may be happy to tell you about their spelling test but don’t want to answer questions about math.
Similarly, if their attitudes have changed about school or specific subjects, that is a hint of a problem. They can appear defensive or even angry when asked about school, or simply refuse to engage. Another sign to watch out for is boredom. If your child looks bored or even tells you so, that’s an important tip. Struggling students will sometimes complain of boredom when the real issue is that they don’t understand the material. They can’t engage if they don’t know what’s going on, so they just sit in class waiting for it to be over.
Struggling at Home
They can also be spending an excessive amount of time on their homework, even if they’re still getting the right answers. A guideline is that your child should be spending about 10 minutes per grade level on homework each school night. For example, if your child is in third grade, they should be spending about 30 minutes each night on homework. Of course, it’s important to know and understand the homework policies for your child’s school and teachers, because they tend to vary.
How You Can Help
Whether your child is struggling with school as a whole or in just 1 subject, enrolling in Math Genie will be the best thing for them. Having dedicated teachers working in a more individualized approach will make all the difference in your child’s education. Not only does Math Genie offer a one on one and small group setting class, the abacus math and language arts programs have allowed our students to excel well beyond grade level. Your child doesn’t have to struggle any more.
Sign up for a free assessment today so we can help your child discover the genius within them.
We cannot wait to meet you.
The Math Genie Team1