Depressed about sons grades...what to do?

My son is a third grader this year and so far it's been a challenge. He's been an A/B honor roll student the past two years and this year is starting out SO different.

This is week 6 (I think) of school and his grades at this point are NOT good at all. He has failed numerous tests in math, social studies and reading. He struggles some with reading and I really think that is the issue because even the math tests are mostly word problems this year (big difference from last years tests).

I don't want him to be discouraged but it's so disheartening everytime I go online to look at his grades and see where he has made a D or F on yet another test. He has asked me to stop telling him what his grade is and let him wait until he gets the paper back himself.

The first conference was Thursday and the teacher thinks he will be ok and has offered to put him in a reading program (he did this program for a little while at the end of 2nd grade). I just asked her what I can do to help him at home and she said the most important thing is to get him reading as much as possible and then discuss what he read.

It's just heartbreaking for me to see this smart boy who has never made less than an A in math, science or social studies, now bringing home F's in math and social studies.

We are a week beyond the half way point in the grading period and I really hope he can pull his grades up. He may not make honor roll but hopefully he will do better than he is now. I really don't want this to break his spirit (he already is not a fan of school).


  1. Hang in there...all I can say is that you are doing SOMETHING right- you're on top of it! Do you ever read aloud with him? I like to spend time reading aloud with my younger kids, even though they are fully capable of reading themselves it's nice for them to hear your voice. I think it helps with comprehension. Maybe his teacher can give him some practice math sheets for home? Oooh and have him check out the Hooda Math website. It's AWESOME.

  2. Thanks for the suggestions Happy! I have read aloud to him since he was a baby but have to admit I haven't done it in the last couple of years. He has daily math homework and he seems to do fine but once he takes a test on those same things, he doesn't do well. I'll definintely check Hooda. Thanks again


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