My daughter is in kindergarten. She turned 5 years old in July 2007 and started Kindergarten in August 2007 (she's the youngest child in her class.) She is doing fine academically with regards to letter recognition, beginning reading, sight words, number recognition, and basic math. She has a great vocabulary and can carry on the best conversations! Here lies the problem... she is a social butterfly. She is a chatty cathy type and is very inquisitive. She is easily distracted and sometimes needs directions (epsecially multiple directions) repeated. I just received her reportcard and again, she did fine academically, however she did poorly in the area of behavior and work habits (does she really have habits at 5 years old?) I was told that she "needs improvement" in the areas of focusing, completing her work in a timely fashion, following directions, and listening skills. I met with the teacher and she told me that she doesn't feel that she could pass my daughter onto 1st grade due to her concerns about these work habits - THIS MEETING WAS IN JANUARY! She told me that she thinks I should take her to our pediatrician to be evaluated for ADHD.
Now, my daughter can sit and play on her computer for an hour without even moving, she can watch an entire movie without a break. She can sit through entire broadway productions without as much as a bathroom break which proves that she can focus when she wants to. I tried trying to get my daughter to talk and was able to pull some things out of her to see what's been going on in school and she said that when she gets stuck on a paper and she raises her hand for help or to tell the teacher she forgot what she said to do the teacher replies "you should have listened the first time to the directions... you need to shape up" WHO SAYS THAT TO A 5 YEAR OLD?!?! The clincher is that she told me this week-end that it made her feel like she wanted to cry when the teacher crumbeled up her paper and threw it on the floor in front of everyone. My heart is breaking... any suggestions???