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Parents Point of View #104: How to Help My Struggling 4th Grader

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In recent weeks , we have been getting numerous questions from fourth-graders’ parents over their children’s struggle in writing, reading comprehension and math questions’ comprehension.

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Why does my fourth grader struggle so much with writing?

Concern parent, OR

My fourth grader hates reading, why is that the case?

Concern parent, NY

“How can I inspire a love for reading for my Fourth grader?”

Concern parent, GA

“Why is my child losing interest for reading?”

Concern parent, KA

“Why does my fourth grader’s performance in math seem to deteriorate?”

Concern parent, OR

How can I Help my Fourth grader improve in math?”

Concern parent, CA

Our educational team collected 12 questions among the most commonly asked questions by parents with struggling fourth-graders, and provided effective answers. These questions cover Reading, Writing, and Math problems:


Why does my fourth-grader struggle with writing?

Your child may not be used to writing lengthy essays since the exercise begins in the fourth grade. They could be struggling with disorganization making it hard for them to express a point in writing. The problem could also be associated with dysgraphia, a nervous system disorder that affects a child’s fine motor skills. Other causes could be poor handwriting and spelling problems.

How can I tell if my child is suffering from dysgraphia?

Children with dysgraphia display unclear and irregular handwriting. They may have a poor grip of the pen that can lead to soreness. They may also have poor spatial planning, meaning they have inconsistent and poor spacing abilities. Their work may also be untidy due to frequent erasing. You may also notice the unusual position of the hand or wrist when writing.

What should a fourth grader know in writing?

A child in the fourth grade should know the main parts of a speech. They should also know how to write a complete paragraph, use punctuation, and identify prefixes and suffixes. They should further understand homophones, synonyms, and antonyms.

How do I help my fourth grader struggling with writing?

Please give them a writing exercise daily. Read to them more since it is a stepping stone towards better writing. Make writing fun by using different writing materials and having a good working area. Introduce them to journaling and encourage them to publish their work. Celebrate every milestone and seek professional help if necessary.

My fourth grader used to love reading, but that is no longer the case. How can I help him?

The first step should be to identify what changed. Please help your child to identify the triggers behind their action. After that, you can find the best solution together. You can also reinstate their love for reading by listening to audiobooks together, letting them see you read, discussing book characters or scenarios, and regularly and positively talk about books.

Why does my fourth-grade child skip or guess words when reading?

Your child could be having a decoding problem. It is common for fourth graders to skip words they don’t recognize at first and try to decode them later. If they can’t decode them, they guess or mispronounce them.

Why does my fourth-grader resist reading so much?

Reading out loud can be humiliating and uncomfortable for struggling readers in the 4th grade. At this age, they are intelligent enough to identify their parents’ and teachers’ pressure. Watching their peers read with ease can also be frustrating and demeaning. As a result, they avoid reading in totality.

Why is my fourth grader performing poorly in reading compared to other subjects?

A good number of bright kids experience a processing delay that holds back their reading skills. Reading difficulties become more evident in the fourth grade due to the increased complexity of words: frustration and behavioral problems caused by fear of reading cause them to lag even more behind.

Why is my fourth grader failing math?

Your child could be failing math due to some learning gaps from previous grades. They could also be suffering from math anxiety. Fourth-grade math is also known to be more complicated than previous grades. Students also have more concepts to explore and more mathematical problems to solve, which could trigger strength, and eventually failure.

How can I boost my fourth grader’s confidence in math?

Praise your child for effort rather than for intelligence or getting the correct answer. Bridge any math learning gaps. Listen to their needs and offer them the proper support. Set realistic and achievable math goals, and celebrate every milestone. Lastly, Practice a lot!

My son openly says that he hates math: How can I help?

Please get to the bottom of this by talking to them about math. Learn why they hate the subject and find the best solution. For instance, find them a tutor if they have some learning gaps. Teach them the importance of math and how they apply it in life. Please help them to complete their homework and to understand all basic concepts.


How can I help my child to overcome math anxiety?

You can help them to practice math daily. Acknowledge that the anxiety is there, and seek necessary professional help. Encourage your child to ask questions and seek clarifications in class. Teach them self-advocacy to overcome fear and anxiety.

Final Word:

We are guided by the believe that if you help children on the basic level of reading and understanding the structure of sentence, they will easily learn to write correctly and solve math problems.

At Kids on the Yard we enhance your child’s abilities through building their strength on those fundamental areas of learning and by doing that we also grow their confidence in class. We are always ready to help; get in touch now!

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