UNDERAGE TO BE IN GRADE 2

NTOMBIE - posted on 03/17/2015 ( 4 moms have responded )

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MY DAUGHTER IS 5 YEARS OLD AND DOING GRADE 2, SHE STARTED SCHOOL AT AN AGE OF 3.THE TEACHER SAID I SHOULD TAKE HER BACK TO GRADE R SHE IS UNDERAGE AND THAT WILL HAVE A NEGATIVE IMPACT TO HER IN THE NEAR FUTURE,HOW TRUE IS THAT?

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Sarah - posted on 03/17/2015

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I agree with Lucitta. I will also add socially it is also going to get harder. There are going to be age markers in which his classmates are going to be hitting that he will be years behind. Example....driving. this becomes a very important and social events for teenagers. This will separate him from the rest of his peers and leave him out of many social events. Going to college may also be a concern. He may be able to do the work, but is he ready maturity wise at 15/16 to handle college social situations. There are going to be many things that will separate him from the rest of his peers in college.

Lucitta - posted on 03/17/2015

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I am going to agree with your teacher.
My 7 year old, Arthur, was also put in school before he should have been. Also at age 5 he was in the 2nd grade. He was in 4th grade this year, and the homework just became too much for him. He was falling behind.
Instead of watching him fall behind, and lose self esteem, his teacher, the principal, and myself, decided it would be best for him to repeat his previous year, to reinforce what he's already learned, and better prepare him for grade 4.
He is still being tutored outside of school, however, since repeating the same class with nothing different wouldn't be a challenge. His tutoring is covering the subjects in grade 4 that he was doing well in.
The only issue is, we are just postponing the issue, since when he is in grade 4, he will already have completed several aspects of it. At which point his tutoring may need to go to grade 5.
In the end, it likely would have been easier on all parties, and less stressful for Arthur, if we had just help him back to begin with, rather then let him fall behind for a few months.
My advice is to talk it through with her teacher and the school counselor if there is one.

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Lucitta - posted on 03/17/2015

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As the mother of a 15 year old. I'll say that her, and her friends, are no where near college readiness. Working on it? Yes. There? No.

♫ Shawnn ♪♫♫ - posted on 03/17/2015

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Good grief. You are pushing that child well beyond her years, and yes, I agree with the instructor. It will only have a negative impact.

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