Hello, As you can see from my user name, I am not a teacher, although I do have a teaching certificate and did manage to make a living at it for one school year. I hope it's not a faux pas for a parent to ask a question here, but I'm kind of desperate. Here's the deal: My son is entering sixth grade in 2 weeks. On the last day of fifth grade, we picked up a stack of math work for him to do during the summer at home. Although I knew last year that math was a challenging subject for him, until we did it together every single day, I didn't realize the severity of the challenge that results from poor addition skills. Additonally, his spelling is awful. I couldn't fathom how he did so well in English when his compositions were so full of errors. When one of them made it home before he turned it in, I always read it and had him make corrections. Now I'm worried that middle school won't be so forgiving of errors on very simple words. I've determined that he must have just missed out on a lot that happened in first grade. His teacher was new to that grade that year. I think she just didn't see it not clicking. So, here we are. I need to revisit first grade with my middle schooler. I have worksheets and websites for his addition problems. I really don't know what to do about the spelling except just have him write so we can evaluate his difficulties. I would appreciate any other ideas you might have so that he can catch up while learning sixth grade material. Thanks!