Helping Your Struggling Second Grader

Second grade can be a very challenging year for many students. While children were not necessarily expected to be able to read until very late in the year during first grade, it is generally expected that children will be able to read by the time that they are in the second grade. In addition, second grade is becoming more and more focused academically, as opposed to the mixture of academics and play that can occur in first grade and in kindergarten. It is not at all uncommon to find that your first grader who seemed to do so well is now a struggling second grader. Fortunately, there are things that you can do to help your struggling second grader.

The first step in helping your struggling second grade reader is to take a step back and look at the big picture. In other words, you need to figure out exactly what it is that is causing your struggling second grader to struggle. Is he unable to comprehend the material? Is he distracted by what is going on around him? Is he unable to understand the teacher? Sometimes, it can even be something as simple as the fact that the child may need glasses and therefore be unable to see the board in class that is causing him to struggle.

Once you know for sure what is causing your first grader to struggle, you can then begin helping to address the problem. If she seems very distractible, for example, you might have her evaluated for ADHD. There are any number of ways that people have been successful in helping their struggling children who have ADHD, including both medications and ways that don’t involve medication.

Ultimately, the process of helping your struggling second grader will rest firmly in your lap. While your child’s second grade teacher is certainly concerned about your struggling second grader, it should be up to you to follow up with the teacher, with the school, and with anyone else who may be of assistance in helping your struggling second grader.


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