I originally wrote this in parenting but they suggested coming over here. If you have any advice for me I would greatly appreciate it.
I am so sad for my 2nd grader. We work so hard at his reading and writing/spelling but he still has so much trouble. I just don't know what to do anymore to help him. He will read a sentence and replace words he doesn't immediately recognize for other more common words. Then if you ask him if the sentence made sense he thinks it does for example
Five little puppies dug a hole under the fence and went into the wide wide world. He would read Five little puppy dogs a hole under the face and went into the wild, wild world.
I have to ask question after question for him to realize that what he just read didn't make sense. Then if he has a word that isn't easy to sound out like "dug" He starts adding letters to the word that make no sense at all. And don't even get me started on his writing. Letter reversals, strange letter combinations.....I don't know if anyone else uses the MAP testing but I guess in second grade they have to read the reading part on their own and his scores have dropped so drastically it is schocking! In the past two years he wouldn't score as high as those in his school but still higher than national average, not this fall. Ugh, they want me to have his eyes checked again which we will do asap but I truly don't think he has a vision problem. I can't figure out what IS going on though. Is anyone else dealing with these kind of problems? His math is good and we don't see problems anywhere else.
Updated info: So I talked with his teacher some more and got additional info. He does not currently qualify for ERI because he is above the lower 25%. I guess I should be happy about that but i would rather he get the extra help. We are going to start working with something she calls an easy reader It is a book mark shaped piece of yellow plastic you can see through and use to cover the line he is trying to read. She ask him today about what he sees when reading and he brought up that the letters move on him. An example he have was in the word who the w goes to the end and it becomes how and in rabbit it becomes bbitar or bittra. I asked about having him tested for a learning disability but never really got a straight answer. I am guessing because he isn't low enough? She suggested we talk with his pediatrician. Ugh I don't know could he just be being lazy? If it really was dyslexia would he be doing a lot worse ? I just don't know what I should do?