Okay, now I've stopped worrying about Pup, I can go back to worrying about J On Friday he received his end of year evaluation... ridiculous, really, to start all this at his age but it's society that wants it that way, so... what can you do? Anyway, to my thinking, this does indicate that he probably is going to have learning difficulties and difficulties learning to read and write. There are loads of targets that the child is ideally to have met and these are all graded - acquired, on the way to being acquired, and not acquired. I know J is bright but there seem to be problems. One of the targets is to recognise and write most of the letters of the alphabet. For this the teacher has said it is on the way to being acquired, as she has for "relating sounds to letters". In hand she has written "few letters are recognised, particularly in joined up writing." He also has problems with time relationships (I know this from home) - identifying time in the day, the week and the year and with recognising numbers. Well, the teacher will undoubtedly play the "all is fine" card but to me this spells the likelihood of some 'dys' problem. I do know that most kids of his age recognise all the letters of the alphabet and can write them. I haven't been in any way working with him on this at home because I believe that if there is no problem, reading and writing will come in their own time. He is the youngest in his class and will be six in December. They don't start teaching reading and writing until the next academic year, when the child is six or nearing six. A few already do begin to read before, of course. What do you think?