My oldest dude is in 1st grade and struggling. His grades have been getting worse as the year has gone on. We have a chicken/egg situation: I don't know if he struggles b/c he hates school (he wants to stay home and play all day, and nap, he says) or if he hates school b/c he struggles.
His teacher says he can't focus, she doesn't think he's ready for some of the math concepts, and he needs OT (which I'm working on getting through our insurance as the school won't help him unless he's in the SPED program) because he can't hold a pencil correctly. I thought some of his lack of attention could've been attributed to lack of sleep (he had horrible sleep apnea), but we've since had his tonsils and adenoids out and that has resolved while the attention issue has not.
I have another post in this forum and am working on the things from there (like getting him an educational evaluation), but in the mean time I got a letter from the school today saying that unless he improves significantly between now and the end of school, they'll want to retain him.
I need some anecedotal stuff on grade retention to help me make a decision. We can have him retained and keep him in his current school (1st and 2nd grades), but I worry about the social implications of all his buddies moving on. We can also take him to another, smaller school in our county that would be a bit of a drive, but he has friends a grade level down there. It'd be like a fresh start, maybe.
I'm really torn.
Edited by liberal_chick - 5/10/12 at 9:48am