My 9-year-old son is quadrilingual (fluent in all), education is in the language that both my husband and I are not speaking. He is our only child. We live in the Dutch speaking part of Belgium. We changed already three countries (including Belgium) since he was three years old but decided to stay here a bit longer. He is tall for his age but much too sensible. He's empathic, funny and helpful to others but lacking self confidence, easy to victimize himself, often thinks his friends don't like him.
The school he currently visits is also focused on music, drama and science. Besides math, he doesn't have any other issue with any other lessons nor any behaviour problem. He started primary school here in Belgium and ten days after we arrived here, he passed a kind of exam for Dutch to go primary school. If he hadn't passes it, he would have had to go to kindergarden one more year, for language skills.
Unfortunately we had many bullying issues, mainly by older kids. These caused us to change school three times due school's policies toward bullying. I think it might have caused the delay as well I would say, because his first catholic school was very strict (giving at least two to three homework assignments every day). My husband and I didn't want him to have a religious education (that was the first school we found). However, he wasn't bad at school.
Last year we changed to a different kind of school, it was like Waldorf (Rudolf Steiner) but way more like hippies, lacking discipline completely. Classes were a mix of differently aged kids (he was eight, while some kids were ten, eleven and twelve). We thought kids could be more easy going and peaceful but he got bullied constantly by two 12- and 11-year-old kids. It was terrible! So far, this school is good, no bullying (because there are no kids older than nine to ten).
His reading and grammar skills are higher than class average, however he has had issues with Math since 2nd grade. IQ test was normal and the specialist indicated that "it might even be higher because I had to tell him to focus, instead of talking about something else, every five minutes.
He understands perfectly when we explain to him (in two different languages) but he is completely failure about multiplies (except 5's, 10's) and subtraction. Everytime we are tying to tell him about math, he is avoiding it and says at the beginning "ah these are too difficult, I am not good at it".
I would say short time memory issue but he is good at memory games. And if I say "attention issue" then every night, before going to bed, he reads books for an hour or two.
We are even taking him to sports like swimming and martial-arts to help him to focus.
I don't know what else to do...