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Old 06-06-2007, 09:20 AM   #1
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My son is being held back in Kidnergarten...how common is this?

Anyone else have this happen to their son or daughter? I feel I need to work harder with him this summer to learn. Can anyone recommend anything for teaching kindergarten skills? Thank you.

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Old 06-07-2007, 07:15 PM   #2
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Re: My son is being held back in Kidnergarten...how common is this?

A lot of boys just aren't ready for kindergarten. My son went through k-4 and now we homeschool. I wish we'd held him back as he wasn't ready for it back then either.

Is there are learning disability that is hindering things or is it just a maturity issue?
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Old 06-07-2007, 09:47 PM   #3
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Re: My son is being held back in Kidnergarten...how common is this?

His teacher had a conferance with us, and she seems to think he is just not as mature as the others , did not feel it was a disability issue YET. I guess depending on how he does in this SECOND year of Kidnergarten will reveal that. I don't know how any of you can Homeschool at all, I have a hard enough time just trying to get him to do simple homework. I have 3 older boys and they were EASY to teach compared to this one, he just does not seem to "get" much AT ALL. I find it VERY VERY frustrating, and it shows when I am teaching him. Not good for him either.

 
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Re: My son is being held back in Kidnergarten...how common is this?

Ah I hated homework as well. That's because you are trying to do it after school, when they've been already doing school work for hours, are tired and cranky and just want to PLAY.

Homeschooling, you get them the same time the teachers do, in the morning when they are fresh and happy. It only takes a couple hours and then they can PLAY. LOL

As for kindergarten, if they feel it is just maturity then I would go along with it. Is kin. mandatory where you are? Is it worth it?? Some kids really do pick up things better in a one-on-one setting. There are wonderful resources on the web that can teach everything for you frankly.

Maybe he could just not go next year and enter grade 1 the year after that??
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Re: My son is being held back in Kidnergarten...how common is this?

If a child must be held back, the best time is kinder or first. If his teacher thinks immaturity is the main problem, please keep him in school the next year. Being with other kids can really help maturation.

Look in your local phone book for a teacher supply store. They will have tons of kinder materials. The staff should know which materials offer the most bang for the buck. There are many books that have multiple subjects and lots of activities.

Any activity involving writing, cutting, glueing, and coloring will be beneficial. Even a good coloring book from the local discount store would be good for him. If you go to the teacher store, let your son pick out some of the materials.

With three other kids, your time is undoubtably limited, but if you could find fifteen minutes a day to read aloud to your child, that will help his pre-reading skills, attention span, and listening comprehension, which are super important in kindergarten! If you can't spare the time consistently, find some books on cd or a site with oral stories.

Best of luck to you and your little one!
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Re: My son is being held back in Kidnergarten...how common is this?

As a mom of three and kindergarten and first grade teacher for 25 years I agree with the others. If it is a simple maturity issue, it is best to hold him back now before he is old enough for it to bother him. The PP had some great ideas for things you can do over the summer. Overall though, since you are mainly dealing with maturity, just be sure to read to him as often as possible, take him to library story hours and puppet shows, play with him and provide lots of opportunities for him to play and interact with others. If he is already in a daycare or summer day camp type of setting that will be beneficial as well. If not, involving him in some social setting types of things would really help in getting him ready for next year as well. Sometimes our kids just need the gift of time though and it is amazing what they can do the second time around, that they couldn't or wouldn't do the first time.

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