Our expert says:
Well, I'm sure you're a really good mom, but presumably you're not a trained teacher. It may well be that lack of motivation is not the problem here. Shouldn't you start by arranging a meeting with her teacher to discuss all this in detail. It sounds as though she may not have been adequately prepared in school for the level of work she is facing at this time. She may need a better assessment of her abilities and preparedness, and perhaps some extra coaching. If she is having basic problems with spelling and reading, this would make any other work which relies on those skills, very much more difficult for her
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