Kindergarten - class clown

Brenda - posted on 12/11/2014 ( 3 moms have responded )

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So it appears my son is a class clown and really does not listen when told to stop, he is very young and a little immature so I think this is lending itself to his actions. I am looking for some strategies to deal with this?

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Sarah - posted on 12/12/2014

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My son is a Sept 5 bday, so he turned out to be the eldest in the class. It can be an agonizing decision! Just try to see him down the road. My family has a history of late bloomers, boys and girls, so for me the decision was easy and I also was expecting a baby that November so he stayed in pre-k, three half days a week, instead of full time kindergarten. We have to drive to and from our school, so it was just easier.
Anyway, the older he gets the more difficult it would be to hold him back. I am NOT saying that you should, just that you should think it over. For my son, that extra year was a huge bonus. He is much more mature and more prepared for college next year.
Perhaps just see how the rest of the year goes and if he seems to be lagging behind you can repeat kindergarten, if all is well and he has found his footing, then no worries
Even if he is on par or ahead academically, if his social skills and self control are an issue, maybe give kindergarten another run.

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Brenda - posted on 12/12/2014

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Thanks Sarah, yes he is really young (youngest in his class, he is mid Sept birthday and cutoff is Oct 1st) and his teacher thinks that is 90% of the problem. She said he progressing nicely with reading and sounding out words and she said he is very good at math but he just wants to be silly a lot of the time.

He is super active and participates in many sports also.

Sarah - posted on 12/11/2014

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If he is really young for kindergarten, maybe pull him out and start over next year. I have a son that is 18 and is in senior year of high school. I had the option of starting him a year earlier but I waited, I am so glad.
He may just not be ready to sit still, or he may not understand the information being taught. Have you discussed this with his teacher?

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