School has never been difficult child's problem. Straight A student, all honors classes. I tend to give him a wide berth when it comes to school work because he always gets it done and gets it done well. The only thing that he was never very good at was spelling. He would do his homework and there would be spelling mistakes all over the place. I would try to get him to make corrections, but he would fight with me and say that the teachers don't care if it's spelled right. They just want to see that the work was done. Every year I would ask the teachers to tell him that spelling counts, but none of them ever would. "He'll figure it out eventually," was what I was told every year. How can you expect a child to learn how to spell something if you never tell him that he's spelling it wrong? He is English class read a book in school and they took a test on it. He came to me yesterday and told me that he did really well on the first part of the test (multiple choice, 97%), but on the secon part (which was an essay) he got "a really bad grade." I asked him what the grade was and he told me ( 67%, which IS really bad for difficult child) and he told me that his content on the essay was fine, but that he lost almost all of the points on (anyone want to take a guess??)...spelling and punctuation. So, he said that is "sick of losing point because of spelling" and would I help him work on spelling so that it gets easier for him. I'm going to send an e-mail to his English teacher when I'm done here to see if he can give me any suggestions, or at least point me in the right direction as to how to help him. If he's asking for help, I want to jump all over that before he changes his mind!