How do I help my 5yr old who has been suddenly bumped up a grade?

Serafine - posted on 01/09/2012 ( 4 moms have responded )

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Back to school this morning, and suddenly we were told that my son couldn't go back to his class in Kindergarten but had to move up to Key 1. My son got very upset as he was looking forward to being with his friends. He has changed schools many times over the past two years and we were looking forward to stabilizing this year. But now the school deems he will learn better in a higher grade. I am worried he might be moved for other motives, such as making more space in his quickly growing kindergarten.
I wish that I had been better prepared for this transition. Any advice on how to help my son adapt to yet another change? And it will also be a change in language (the school is quadrilingual!)
I was very distressed and need to find a strategy for coping.

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Ginger - posted on 04/26/2012

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I agree the school should have gained your insight on this before springing on you. I guess it is a good thing for him to be ahead like that. Since what is done is done maybe it is better to focus on the cool aspects of the transition and tell that school not to make changes like that agian without telling you first. Explain to them like you told us. I see this post is from January. So how did he end up adjusting? And what ended up being the criteria to bump him up like that. My kid already knows all the things they teach in kindergarten and hasn't even started pre-k yet.

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Serafine - posted on 05/03/2012

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Thanks for your input, I just saw this post now! Turns out it was a really good move for him. It was just done in a too abrupt fashion. When I complained to the school, they got us all together (director, old teacher, new teacher, my son & me) and each went around explaining why this was happening and how it was going to be better for him. After that, both of us felt relieved. I think it was the personal attention to our distress and confusion that helped pave the way. My doubts were assuaged and I am so happy to see him thriving in his new class. He was getting a bit of an ego in KG and making him one of the youngest in the next class has brought that down to normal levels. I realized it was one of those moments when it really is hard being a single mom, because there is no one to bounce off parental concerns. Thanks again for being there Ginger & Kelly

Kelly - posted on 01/20/2012

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I think your school should have ASKED you first if that was okay. You know your child better than anyone and if this stresses him out I would respectfully ask the school to put him back in his Kindergarten classroom. Let them ask another child's family. Let it be a volunteer thing for qualified children.

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