Is it okay to retain a child in 3rd grade once you discover a weakness in academics,but the student passed all the necessary skills.

Cantrell - posted on 07/14/2013 ( 4 moms have responded )




My husband is contemplating retaining my daughter after she was promoted to 4th grade. However, she does have a late birthday and struggles with math. I am really concerned if I allow her to go on to the next grade ;will she continue to stuggle throughout her schhol years. Sometime language arts n math are difficult when I am trying to get her to master a skill.Her grades were very good, she reads well ,but struggles with Math. WHat should I do? Please help Sage Monds


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Cantrell - posted on 07/14/2013




Thnak you so much for that comment that makes me feel really good. I think I will share some of this eamil with my daughter,so she will continue to practice and get assistance from her mom. Thanks a again

Jodi - posted on 07/14/2013




In Australia, they rarely retain a child in a class except in extreme circumstances, even if they haven't passed all the skills. The reason for this is that their social and emotional development is just as important in their learning as their academic progress.

If your daughter has passed all the necessary skills, then you could be doing a real disservice to her emotional wellbeing. Let's face it, our children will not always necessarily be good at everything. Some things in life they WILL struggle with. I agree with Amy, perhaps get her some tutoring. Maths is often about practice more than anything. The more practice she gets, the more likely it will just "click".

Amy - posted on 07/14/2013




Have you considered a tutor one or two days a week to help her in math? If she passed I probably wouldn't keep my child behind but continue to monitor her education and get her additional help if she started falling behind.

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