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Schroe 12-09-2017 06:18 PM

Too late to return to K?
I have a young 1st grader who is really struggling academically and socially. I also have his brother in my class due to his brother having been retained in K ( and he was also a young K student.)
Brother is doing well and retention was clearly the right thing to do for him.
I spoke to Mom and she wants the struggling student to return to K now. She wants her younger boy to feel good about himself and since he always plays with the K students anyway, why not put him back so that he can enjoy some success? She spoke to her son and he ďkind of liked the idea.Ē
Administration is not excited about this idea and it would be very difficult to have him spend some time in K and grade 1 given our schedules. We are a small school in a rural area so there arenít many options in school. This child is receiving 3 doses of reading a day and one small group dose of math but heís just not ready developmentally for it. His former teacher is no longer at our school so Iím not sure why he wasnít retained and Mom seems unsure too.
Have you ever moved a student back to a lower grade at this point in the year? Any suggestions?

TheGr8Catsby 12-09-2017 08:03 PM

I think it is way too late for that, and I would look into retention for THIS year.

Lillybabe 12-09-2017 09:50 PM

I would also say it is too late to put him back into kindergarten. I think if it'd been done in the first 6 weeks it might have worked but we're halfway through the year. I'd also argue it is too early to really know if retention was the best choice for the brother. Many students do well for a few years after retention due to the fact some of what they are learning is review. The real test will be if he continues doing well into late elementary, middle school, etc. I'd also argue you won't know for a while what damage it will do to his self esteem.

Irish 12-10-2017 05:20 AM

Why not?
I think it's a good idea to send him back especially with a different K
teacher. After the winter break would be a nice time to switch. You and his parent know what's best and this seems to be a good solution.

Munchkins 12-10-2017 06:04 AM

Do it soon!
I think the sooner the better, if it's going to be done. It sounds like it would be the best placement for him, so why have him suffer any longer? Since it's a parental request, let the parents push for it. In our district it's really a parental decision- they don't retain (or send back) unless a parent is on board (or insists.)

After the break would allow for a good transition- good idea. New Year, new start.

musiclover 12-14-2017 04:20 AM

Yes, I would
I have a 1st grader who has almost no skills and wants to go back. He has said it to me himself, totally on his own. He cannot sit still, draws and colors on his body, does no work, and bothers the other children all day every day. I consider it a huge injustice to him to be in a situation where he cannot be successful. His mom agrees.

Unfortunately for him, our P does not believe in retention for K-2. We are 'planning' to test him and this has gone on for months. He has been 'observed.' We have begun intense 'remediation.' No change.

Yesterday I went in the bathroom and caught him just as he was about to flush. He had stuffed 15 paper towels in our tiny toilet.

If you can get this student moved back, he has half a year to be successful and learn some skills. Go for it.

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