Sorry for the frustration. Teachers aren't always on the ball when it comes to individual attentiveness. However, that is usually in the later years. Kindergarten teachers are usually much better because they know they are the foundation setters.
Andrew had some problems with "sight" words too. He would also mix up his lower case b's and d's. He's a freshman now, and if he writes fast he ocassionally STILL does it!
What I did was buy a package of index cards and made flash cards of all of his "problem" words. We went over them after school once or twice and before bed. In no time he was flying through the words. Andrew probably had over 50 words on cards. You could divivde them into groups of 2 packs so he doesn't get frustrated.
An example of some of the words I used were: "their", "there", "hear", "here", "too", "to", "two", and, the, is, not, etc. You can see how the list can grow! The cards helped him ALOT! And he is a fast and crazy reader now. He just finished a Tom Clancy (Splinter Cell) book in a week. Only reading before bed. He also had early childhood speech help at one time. Your teacher should also have a list of frequently used words for kindergarten and first grade.
Ask her for that. Most teachers have those availble up to a certain grade level.
I would ask about summer school...if that's a possibility. I should think it isn't at a dire point right now. I think if you work with the Gagemeister (
) he should be fine by the end of the year. Kids get passed ahead all of the time now when they really SHOULD be held back. It is one of those "feel good" things. They are afraid that by holding a student back it hurts their self esteem. However, if often causes extra frustration for the student and the teacher because they just aren't ready for the next year's classes. I saw it all the time in the school district I worked for (10 years). I'm not saying this is the case for Gage though. It sounds like he just needs some reinforecement techniques to strenghten his sight words.
Is Gage being taught phonics? I don't believe in whole language. Our teachers got a little testy with me because I tought Katie and Andrew phonics. They had trouble/didn't want to learn the "new" way when they started school. It was interesting. I said, too bad! I'm my son and daughter's first teacher, and phonics it was!
Hang in there...ask for that list of words and she should have work sheets with sentences from books that you could go over with Gage. If you don't get a response, contact the principal. That should get it moving! Your tax dollars are at work...working FOR Gage that is...
p.s. pardon the horrible spelling! I was typing in a hurry...