Anonymous asks:

Should I hold my child back to repeat first grade?

My child is in first grade.When we do work at home he does grate,for example he will know every spelling word before he goes to school,but when he takes the test he does poorly some of the time.He always does grate on the definition test.He is very good in math.I ask him why he cant do the same at school and he replies I feel comfy at home.He brings home pretty good grades on his papers and i don't understand ,Why the teacher is so set on holding him back.Were I see he struggles is somewhat in reading..But he can read.He hates school already.Any advice I would be thankful for!
In Topics: School and Academics
> 60 days ago

dgraab , Parent writes:
Hi, I'm sorry to hear that you're faced with this tough decision. There is a lot of research to suggest that holding your son back may not be in his best interest. Here is some more information to help you in considering this option further and discussing it with the teacher more...

The Great Debate Surrounding Grade Retention

Grade Retention (overview article)

Should Struggling Students Repeat a Grade?

Alternatives to Social Promotion and Grade Retention

Below are some additional resources that may also be helpful. All the best to you and your son, and thanks for asking!

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Bestinteres... writes:
Hmm...usually It's better to hold him back now then later if a child is really struggling. Think are you helping him a lot more than you should or does he do his homework pretty independently with little help from you. If you help him more then hold him back if he does it pretty much on his own then pass him on.

Also ask him why he doesn't like school. Is he being teased or bullied by other kids?  Does he like his teacher?  Sometimes there is more than academics involved with the kids.

Good luck.
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