While there are many ways to gauge if your first or second grader is in the right school, the best indicator is high self-esteem.
It’s easy to be seduced by Blue Ribbon awards, top peer rankings, well-intentioned teachers and new cafeteria tables but if your child
has low self esteem it could be a sign she’s not in the right school. Parents are often surprised to learn many highly ranked schools do not utilize time-honored methods of reading instruction; this will cause children with dyslexia to struggle and, in turn, lower their self-esteem.
In first grade, the effects can be subtle. Bright children may have a high sight word vocabulary and appear to be keeping up but inside they know something’s not quite right and self-doubt creeps in. So even if everything seems great on the outside, pay attention to your child’s self-esteem, it may be the most important sign of all.
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