All of the end of the year activities are in play. Today, we are going to Chase's Kindergarten awards program & picnic! It is very exciting. Not as exciting as next year's Kindergarten awards program & picnic will be when we are actually celebrating his conclusion of Kindergarten.
Oh the joys of repeating Kindergarten.
Have I mentioned that I am not thrilled fully convinced that this is best for my boy? I don’t think I have. I have mentioned it to some of my loved-ones but not to you, some of my dearest imaginary , invisible, Internet friends in the world! I am sure many of you will have a contrary opinion to mine but I am going to go ahead and put mine out thereâ€¦because, well, its my blog.
Chase is very young. His birthday is July 24. He has struggled a bit through Kindergarten. BUT. He is a very sharp kid who has achieved a â€œSatisfactoryâ€ rating on his report card in almost every subject throughout the majority of the year. Over the past few months, he has blossomed in maturity & retention of reading/writing concepts in leaps and bounds.
NOTE: Shauna has no problem holding kids back a year for growth. Shauna does not necessarily believe that Kindergarten is the most beneficial year for that to be done for Chase.
I think that the basic concepts covered in Kindergarten are going to be quite boring for my boy next year. I am afraid that my obedient, well behaved child might fill his boredom with silliness & acting out. He may not, but time will only tell. The teachers & staff are recommending another year for Chase because they feel like he â€œjust isn’t readyâ€ for First Grade. Our school has an amazing reading recovery program for first graders (that Mackenzie participated in this year) – I know that if he moves on to 1st grade, he is likely to be involved in that program and it did wonders for Mackenzie! I feel a little irresponsible wanting my child in that program but I can see Chase quickly getting right where he needs to be.
When I signed the letter that was written up for me requesting for Chase to re-do Kindergarten, I asked if I could re-evaluate the situation at the end of the summer. I don’t think it is fair to measure his maturity 5 months before it is even time to start 1st grade. I do have that option so we will just see where he is in a few months.
I honestly feel like I am up against an educational regime on this though. I feel like if I decide to put him in 1st grade – I have this huge group of people looking down on my parenting skills. Which isn’t really fair. I want to do what's best for my boy & I just have this gut feeling that this is not it. (NOTE: I absolutely adore Chase's teachers/administrators and know that they are trying to do what they think is best for him as well, we just differ in opinion.)
OK – well thanks for listening to my rant. Again, I am sure there are some adverse opinions on this. Feel free to put it out there but be nice.