We are lucky he is a very easy going child. We sat him down and said that sometimes we have to try more than once to get things right and that's ok. We explained what was going to happen the next year and that he would get to meet lots of new friends as well as still play with his current friends at lunch time (Luckily he was at a small private school where this was possible). He seemed to except it.
We did have a few instances where he got upset about not being in class with his old friends but by 2nd term it was like nothing had changed and it was all just natural.
I would only repeat if the school feels he will "catch up" with an extra year.
I have a child with a learning disability who struggles at school, however the thought is that my child could keep on repeating year after year and still be behind. The school have implemented a modified curriculum instead (which I am not happy with) but there really isn't any other alternative.
As you mentioned he has known hearing and eyesight problems I would also make sure you are on top of them before considering repeating as they will undoubtedly be contributing to his learning difficulties.
Last edited by SSecret Squirrel; 23-11-2015 at 20:39.
It was very worthwhile for him @Urban Tumbleweed. He was always very enthusiastic and gave it a go in his first year of Prep. The 2nd year he found his stride and did very well, we definitely did the right thing. He still did struggle with reading but we found out this year he has Convergence Insufficiency and a few other issues after seeing a Behavioral Optometrist. Since getting his glasses he has been reading his brothers chapter books! A huge leap for him (he is in grade 2)
Urban Tumbleweed (24-11-2015)
Thanks for sharing your experience, it's given me a lot to think about
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