He just had his first soccer game last week. We've been telling him for a couple of years he should try soccer. His sister enjoys it and we thought he would too. But he wanted to do Tball then Hockey and we let him. So now he has come back around to soccer. And yes, he seems to be a natural. He was so cute getting ready for the first game. So excited. He was smiling running up and down the field the whole game.
We needed something to go right for him, School for him right now is hard. He is in Second Grade and still having trouble with his reading and writing. He excels at Math. But reading and even more, writing is really hard. We held him back in First Grade because he was one of the youngest in his class and we thought that would give him the extra time he needed to get up to grade level in reading. It was a wonderful year in which he made great strides and went even farther than either his teacher or we expected. But this year he has faltered again. He sees himself not keeping up with the class and having trouble with things that others are doing easily. His self esteem has really suffered. He is a worrier just like his mama. He cries in the morning not wanting to go to school and always has a stress tummy ache. In Second Grade they expect daily journaling with alot of creative writing. His brain just doesn't work like that. Creative writing to him is like some foreign language. We have been working with the teachers, reading specialist and school counselor and finally decided last month to have him tested for dyslexia. His tests show that he does indeed have some realm of dyslexia and dysgraphia. Now we are trying to meet with all the teachers, administrators and counselors to come up with a plan for his learning path. We are also having him tested for ADD. It's up for debate whether his inattention in class is from some ADD issue or just frustration and giving up when it doesn't make sense to him. Either way we are trying to make school a better experience for him. I can't take the morning tears and stress on his little mind.
Talking to my blog friend Becki this week helped me put things in perspective and remember that we aren't the only ones facing school challenges.
He's such a great kid and his dad, sister and I are trying to make sure he knows that too.