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    Quote Originally Posted by atomicmama View Post
    I'd stop if you're getting frustrated and he isn't showing readiness.
    Just put out paper and pencils (thick are better) every day and let him scribble.
    This You'll find they change the way they hold the pencil with practice. First is a fist, then they'll turn that over but still fist like, then they'll hold it properly. My daughter gets a lot of therapy for erbs palsy and they explained the stages kids go through to hold a pencil, she's on the second stage and sometimes holds it properly, my 1 year old is on the first.
    They need time to progress through the steps though so try and get in some scribble time/colouring each day and see if that helps a bit

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    ok thanks everyone. i'll just put pencils and paper out everyday and encourage him to just draw and do what he wants. he knows his shapes and most colours (he has forgotten a few he used to know) and counts up to 20. he can put his shoes on/off, dress himself and play on outdoor equipment confidently. what has upset me greatly is that his kindy teacher thinks he needs to repeat kindy! he knows how to go to the toilet since before 3, but she seemed to think that because he needed help wiping himself after doing a No 2 that he's not mature enough and she's apparently ''comparing apples with apples''... I DON'T think so. isn't it a bit early to make this call so early in the year? yes he has speech problems in the sense of mumbling but the speech therapist thinks it's not a huge problem as his vocab is just so big. he needs to project his voice and speak up. he's in the older age group of the year so will be 5 in sept. I told her no way am I having him repeat and then be 7 in prep. he would be 2 years older than the younger half of the class.

    thoughts? is this teacher being silly or am I ?

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    thanks HappyBovine for your reply. well she said she asked him who was in his family. and he didn't know the answer. yet if she asked him who is his sister, mother, brother etc he would answer. same as with ''do you have a pet''...no. then, what's your dog's name? - then she got an answer. She showed him a hand drawn picture of a house which was a typical square and then triangle on top for roof... she asked him what it was called...and he replied ''there is a square and there is a triangle''.. I know he does know what a house is. why he replied that, I dunno. She said he is on par with a 3.5 year old.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GlitterFarts View Post
    thanks HappyBovine for your reply. well she said she asked him who was in his family. and he didn't know the answer. yet if she asked him who is his sister, mother, brother etc he would answer. same as with ''do you have a pet''...no. then, what's your dog's name? - then she got an answer. She showed him a hand drawn picture of a house which was a typical square and then triangle on top for roof... she asked him what it was called...and he replied ''there is a square and there is a triangle''.. I know he does know what a house is. why he replied that, I dunno. She said he is on par with a 3.5 year old.
    I think that children of that age sometimes can't be bothered answering questions. He sounds like a normal 4 year old boy to me.
    I think it is strange that she is making this recommendation when the school year is only 20% through.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GlitterFarts View Post
    thanks HappyBovine for your reply. well she said she asked him who was in his family. and he didn't know the answer. yet if she asked him who is his sister, mother, brother etc he would answer. same as with ''do you have a pet''...no. then, what's your dog's name? - then she got an answer. She showed him a hand drawn picture of a house which was a typical square and then triangle on top for roof... she asked him what it was called...and he replied ''there is a square and there is a triangle''.. I know he does know what a house is. why he replied that, I dunno. She said he is on par with a 3.5 year old.
    Sounds like he's just not understanding her way of asking the questions and if that's what they're basing his ability level on I don't really agree with it. He has plenty of time between now and the end of year. As for wiping...it takes some getting used to for some kids but again you've got plenty of time for that to fall into place too.

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    well regarding the wiping - between the ages of 1 & 2.7 years of age he had severe constipation issues, he used to bleed it was that bad. since then he would poo in his potty (not his pants or anything) (wees are always done in toilet) and just last week he felt ready to poo on the big toilet which for him and us was a huge achievement.. and regarding his answering questions - I know that he knows far more than he lets on. but he's not a child who responds to being pushed constantly. the teacher was concerned that he switches conversation of topic very easily. I told her my dd was like that and in prep halfway thru it ironed itself out. actually im like that myself. in 5 mins I can move topics 3 times.. so for me it's normal.


 

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