At kindergarten she loved
counting, making patterns
with blocks. loved hearing
books being read aloud.

Her first year at school she
still enjoyed counting, making
patterns, putting counters together
using maths words as she did so.
they gave her little books, told
her to read the black squiggles
beside the pictures. Eventually
she managed it, by now the
other children were doing well.
She was told to write letters
and words, it took her a
while to work that out.

Next year maths became hard.
She had to put cards with symbols
numbers, under counters, write
symbols, numbers, right way around.
She went to a special group for
a while, her reading improved.

In her third year a special reading
group improved her reading, writing.
spelling. But maths became yet harder
with new symbols,  and processes.
she was embarrassed, baffled, nervous
bewildered, scared, told no one, while
the other children learned it all well.

On the school’s open maths morning
her family’s adults came along, the
family teacher recognised her fears.

Now three days a week she has her
own maths homework, she considers
it a doubtful pleasure, but she is
learning to do more maths.


16 thoughts on “Learning

    1. She is getting better with lots of concrete objects to look at and count, it seems to be what she needs, and as I remember from all my years of teaching, far less of that is done from seven years old onward. She is not thrilled about this at all, but I can see progress.

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      1. She had her eyes tested today, and has “slow eye integrated movements”…..so “reading numbers in rows and columns is “slow and clunky” … a reflex that is usually gone by five years of age.” She will get exercises from one of the other optometrists to get rid of this, develop seven year old eye reflexes. How many children of good intelligence were unable to do school work for years because of such eye brain coordination problems ? Scary.

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    1. Yes, she will get there with her adult relatives behind her.
      Outside North America we English speakers say “maths”, not “math”. All different dialects. The rest of us get used to coming across strange Americanisms, but I suppose you see the American dialect so much that you don’t recognise our differences.

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  1. After reading your poem, which could have been written about many young children I worked with as a teacher and principal. Then I read the comments and your responses and was happy to learn she’s getting the help she needs, particularly the help with her vision. another good poem, Glenys.

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