Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Bonus Day.....


So, I don't post forever, but you get two today (I think I'm procrastinating....I have a paper due). Anyway, yesterday I was told that Trey's teacher thinks maybe he needs one additional year in Kindergarten. It was not totally unexpected (we've considered having him repeat a grade as he is young for his grade, but we were planning on doing it when we bring him to our neighborhood school). And, maybe in a grade where they learn more academics.

Not sure what we're going to ultimately decide....
I'll keep you posted (and would love to hear from you if you've had a similar experience :)

5 comments:

leah said...

We may end up doing that with Nolan, too. He's an end-of-August baby, so he'll barely turn 5 before the start of kindergarten (not to mention the fact that he's tiny for his age, anyway)...

I'm interested to see what you decide- we'll have to make the same decision in a few years, too! Not sure whether to hold him back from kindergarten, or to have him do K 2x if needed...

Herding Grasshoppers said...

Two of my three boys have summer birthdays and we held them both back a year and have never regretted it.

But it sounds like you're not questioning if you'll hold him back, but when?

A friend of mine timed holding her daughter back with moving schools. That way, she repeated a year, but with a different bunch of kids and in a different environment. It avoided the whole issue of why did all the other kids move up and I didn't?

But as far as the academic benefit to him, I don't think holding him early will slow him down later, because he'll be a year older and he'll have more readiness to learn.

If you decide to wait, I think the most crucial year is the transition from 2nd to 3rd grade. There's a dramatic change at that time from learning to read to reading to learn. If the kids aren't competent and confident readers they will get overwhelmed and left behind.

Just my (distant!) two cents. You know your kids better than anyone else and you'll make the right decision :D

Julie

Loudest Mom said...

Thank you Leah and Julie-
I appreciate the feedback and perspective.

I'll keep you posted (the immediate issue is if Delaney should quit soccer because she thinks her coach thinks she's "terrible"...never mind the three months of forced break. It's always something, isn't it??? That said, the academic issue weighs heavier.

The Incredible Woody said...

I've always thought it better to do it as young as possible. That way the other kids won't really remember and he won't have the stigma of 'failing' a grade. And seriously, that is the cutest puppy EVER!!

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