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Unlike our daughter, our son was a public schooled student from K through part of 3rd grade, so he had plenty of time to learn their methods. With the exception of really horrible handwriting, he was an A student through the school system. It came as quite a shock when he came home and I realized how many pieces were missing from his education. Both he and I were incredibly frustrated by what seems like a waste of his time in the public school system. Your experience may be different.
With regard to reading, the issues were varied and seemed unconnected at first: he could read above grade level, but he hated it with a passion and would cry when asked. His comprehension with fiction was incredibly poor (an example: after reading a sentence like this, "The girl in the red bathing suit went to the pool.", he would get caught up in the color of the bathing suit and forget the rest of the sentence.), although it seemed decent with non-fiction. He would replace words while reading (saying "hopping" instead of "hoping") and changing the entire context of what he was reading. He hated recounting stories of any sort because he couldn't remember what he had read, even if he had just read it, and even if the reading assignment was short.