Need advice........how do you tell your child you re making them repeat 1st grade?

Pam - posted on 03/20/2012 ( 3 moms have responded )

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OK I am seriously considering having my grandson repeat 1st grade. I have tried to talk to him a little about it, of course telling him all the positives but so far I have gotten tears and "no, please don't make me be in 1st grade again". Anyone have any suggestions on how to help him to adjust to the idea?

To him its all about his friends, which he will still have outside of school. HELP, lol

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Amy - posted on 03/20/2012

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Have you spoken to the school and his teacher, are they able to get him additional help through the school? Have they told you what to focus on at home to help him, if they give you the work you can do it with him instead of spending $50 an hour on a tutor.

Pam - posted on 03/20/2012

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Thanks, that is why I want to hold him back, I do not want him to struggle through school. His reading scores are low and reading is the basic tool of learning. I have been doing so much research my head is spinning, lol. I know he really doesn't have a choice just thought maybe someone had a good idea or 2 to help in his coping with it. I am grandma and I am raising him. As for tutoring ~ I am on a limited budget and at $50.00 an hr there is no way I can swing that. It is such a hard decision to make but I have to think of his best interest in all of this.

Thanks again for sharing your thoughts

Sachi - posted on 03/20/2012

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Is there possibly a way for him to do some intensive tutoring over the summer so he doesn't have to be held back? You'd have to speak to the school to find out about that. Other than that, he doesn't have a choice really. He will get through it. Alternatively, ask him would he prefer to be put into remedial classes in 2nd grade while all his other friends are in regular classes? If you, the mother and teachers feel strongly that he needs to repeat the grade then it should be done. He will only be behind every year thereafter if he doesn't catch up.

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