Join Date: Jun 2004
Location: Long Island, NY
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I think he belongs in 3rd grade, but I'm not so sure that the transition at this time is a good thing. He should have been put into 3rd grade in September, and I told them that in June when I signed him up. I'm sorry I wasn't more forceful about it "Yes, I know he did well on the assessment tests that took half an hour, but I still don't think he can handle the sheer volume of 4th grade work for an entire day."
Heck, I should have made him repeat kindergarten (in a new school) instead of pushing him ahead to first grade when he was 4.75. He's been playing catch-up ever since. He did fine in 1st grade after his 6th birthday, and fine in 2nd grade after his 7th birthday. 3rd grade he was homeschooled so it didn't matter- we worked at his level, without much attention paid to "grade level" or what the rest of the 3rd graders were doing.
I think he belongs in 3rd grade and should have been there all along. He'll now learn cursive writing with the rest of the class instead of me having to teach him, on top of all his other work. The math and ELA will be less challenging, so he'll do better in those subjects, plus he won't use as much mental energy on them, making him more capable of paying attention in other subjects. He's now one of the oldest in the class, not one of the youngest, and he'll feel smarter compared to his peers (he's no longer "the stupid one" who can't keep up.)
But I'm nervous about the transition in the midlde of the school year. What will it do to his self-esteem if he has trouble in the younger grade? Will the other kids tease him for "failing" 4th grade? I'll know a lot more this afternoon when I hear how his first day went.
And I still have to locate this therapy putty. Should I break down and spend $15 with shipping for a $7.50 item, or keep trying to find it in a local store?
Ruth, single mommy to 3 quasi-adults