Food for though....Does your child fall into this category?

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Food for though....Does your child fall into this category?
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Wed, 03-14-2012 - 8:43am

 

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I suppose it just depends on the school, and district and what not. I was only sorta surprised when my nephew was offered the chance to skip a grade, and go straight from 3rd to 5th. The biggest worry most of my SIL's friends and family had was the maturity factor. There was no doubt that he could handle the work. I don't remember what they did though.
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Not really -- there are quite a few children retained every year because they don't meet the "grade." I generally get several calls every spring to review letters for parents. Most of them are in regards to NCLB standards and some come down to maturity, frankly, when you push the teacher for reasons if they haven't been clear in the letter. We generally then ask that they re-evaluate in the Fall and find that in most cases, the child can move to the next grade level. It's amazing what 6 weeks over the summer can do for a lot of kids! :D

 

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Did you know you have to fight to get a child held back now? The school district in many places will want to "keep them with their age group and established friendships" rather than "allow" them to repeat a year to mature as needed or to get the skills they need.
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Sara, we had a son we held back because he wasn't ready. If we had let him continue going to class that year, I'm sure that there would have been more problems beyond the ones we were already seeing. He was among the youngest in his class and would have definitely fallen into this "category" and eventually did due to some other issues that weren't properly addressed by a teacher. But that's another story altogether.

So glad you dropped by. :)

 

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No, thankfully. But it is why I'm grateful he will be almost 6 by the time he is allowed to start school, unless the rule/law (not sure what it is exactly) changes by then. The cut off date to start school is Sept 1st and he wasn't born until the 15th. Kinda sad though that if he had been a girl I would be ok with him starting closer to 5.........
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