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    Default Would you or have you repeated your child?

    My dd is a February baby. She literally turned 5 the day she started school. She is now in year 2. I hesitated sending her to school but her preschool teachers were encouraging her to go to school.
    She has no problems making friends as she is a very socialable chatty funny girl.
    I do have concerns as she seems quite immature. She's very almost Hyperactive and runs around very silly etc. she has a very happy go lucky nature and is extremely carefree and naive. (To be honest I wish I had her personality).
    The school have not said she needs to repeat but I do wonder myself. More so especially at the end of her schooling. I fear she will struggle. Her reading is ok, yet she is in one of the bottom group. Without practice everyday she does fall behind.
    I just really don't know what to do. Is it going to make her fall socially behind if she doesn't repeat rondos repeat? Will it affect her emotionally if she repeats by not going up a grade with her friends.?
    Really needing advice

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    As far as I understand the research doesn't support children repeating a grade but there is some support for delaying school entry in some cases. (Although I haven't read a study in a couple of years so please somebody correct me if I'm out of date). If they have learning issues, they won't necessarily just "catch up" by repeating the same work in the same way over again. The work needs to be tailored to suit the child's learning needs.

    From what you have said about your DD, I wouldn't be inclined to keep her back. If you're worried about her progress, make a time to speak with her teacher and see what else might be put in place for her.

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    At her age the social impact of repeating would be more detrimental than any potential academic advantage. Repeating would only be considered when a child is having BIG struggles both socially and academically. Even then, kids are rarely repeated nowadays. It doesn't sound like your daughter is seriously struggling. Most kids need constant practice to maintain their level - just ask any teacher about how much kids manage to 'unlearn' after just 2 weeks of school holidays!

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    Thanks so much. I am feeling more relieved now


 

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