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Put 1St Grader Back in Kindergarten at Almost 7 Years Old?

Last year, my son was in Kindergarten at a particular charter school. The charter school, last year, did not take the time to educate him in the reading. This year, he is in a different charter school due to the previous one changing over to a private school. My son is excellent in math, but with only being in First Grade for 2 months, can only ready short vowel, one syllable words. The rest of the 1st grade class can read easy paragraphs (long vowels, two syllables, etc.). His is currently getting tutoring by the Kindergarten teach to catch him up and he is also going to the Kindergarten class during the language time, but returns to the 1st grade class afterwards. After meeting with the teacher and principle today, they highly recommended my son return to Kindergarten now (next week) and begin 1st grade next year.

He will be 7 years old in one month and I feel that he is just too old to be in Kindergarten. I also took a look at the material that is taught during Kindergarten and he has already surpassed their fundamentals (tracing letters and numbers, counting, etc.). He is well advanced in math, for sure. He also is doing quite well in social studies and science now. I understand the school is stating that reading is important because soon, if he can't read the math problems, he will begin to score poorly as the time goes on.

Should I put my son back in Kindergarten now? Or should I keep him in 1st Grade and continue the reading tutoring and pickup a 1st grade reading curriculum for the summer?

What do you all recommend?

Thank you all so very much!

What can I do next?

So What Happened?™

I decided to keep my son in 1st grade, initiated tutoring twice a week, picked up those reading workbooks (6 total) that we work on every single day after his homework (except the weekends). In addition, he works on the Hooked on Phonics that his tutor let us borrow. Just last week, he scored 110% on his spelling test (yes, he got extra credit). He is now reading the beginning 1st grade books and on his way. I received a personal email from the president of the school, stating that she was really proud of me and all my hard work because most parents don't have the motivation and stamina like I do... to keep working with my child. I look at it like this.... Last year, no one had the time to teach my son how to read, so this year, we are all making up for lost time, therefore putting in extra time. Thank goodness I graduated nursing school now, before it was too late for my son. I am SO proud of him and his excellence in reading now! Thank you to everyone with your support and I am SO glad I stuck with my "mother's intuition" by keeping him in first grade.

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Since this is the only area he is having trouble with it does not make sense to move him back. I think he is too old for kindergarten. Keep the tutor and work with him at home as well.

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I would not put him back at 7 into kindergarten but I would look into putting him in a sylvan or huntington learning center for some tutoring after school. something that does not constantly pull him out of class. also are you reading with him each night for twenty minutes? it should be him reading to you. get level 1 books and just perservere with it. he will get it.

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I would not send my child back to kindergarten in this situation...if reading is the only thing he needs help in...then start working with him at night...get some material from the kindergarten teacher and spend 15 minutes or so each evening...more if he is really enjoying it...and get him up to speed. The one on one tutoring from you will really speed things up. Why put him back into a situation where everything else is going to be so boring for him...and the social awkwardness of the situation would be rough for him to deal with too. Let him stay where he is!!

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If reading is the only thing he's having difficulty in, I can't imagine putting him back in kindergarten.
That's just my opinion.
I would continue with his first grade classes and letting him get the support for reading.
Lots of kids go to remedial reading programs and stay in their current grades. If the school doesn't have a "combo" class, which many schools do so that kids can excel at grade level while still getting a little help with the things they struggle with, I'd keep him where he is.
He seems obviously intelligent. He just needs to get caught up with the other kids. And, just an idea, is it possible he's dyslexic?
People with dyslexia simply learn and process things in different ways and often it's discovered in reading difficulties.
My step dad was dyslexic. He was left handed so when he got things backwards, no one really picked up on it. He had great difficulty reading as a child, but was actually one of the smartest people I've ever known.
He could mentally do any algebraic math equation in his head, but reading it or writing it down....different story.
I'm just throwing it out there.
Dyslexia can be overcome.
Many brilliant people are/were dyslexic.
Bruce Jenner has been open about his dyslexia.

“A teacher sent the following note home with a six-year-old boy: “He is too stupid to learn.” That boy was Thomas A. Edison”.
- Thomas Edison

I'm not a professional or anything, but maybe you should have your son tested for it. It's either something to rule out or work with. And it CAN be worked with. With great success.
I would seek avenues other than putting him backwards since he does so well in everything else.

Just my opinion.

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Since this is the only area he is having trouble with it does not make sense to move him back. I think he is too old for kindergarten. Keep the tutor and work with him at home as well.

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No. Your child will be nearly two years older than most of his classmates. This is a bad idea and it is shameful that the principal is supporting this.

Your child will be developmentally more mature than his peers for the rest of his academic career. Think of it this way... when he's 13 (puberty), they will still be playing with Transformers.

His classroom teacher also shouldn't be sending him to the Kindergarten class ot read. How demeaning.

Keep him in first grade and ask the teacher how SHE plans to differentiate her instruction for your child. Get a tutor and remember that he can "catch up", but if he has significant supports and continues to struggle to learn to read- consider having him evaluated by your school district.

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My suggestion is to keep him in First Grade and have him work with a reading recovery teacher. If that doesn't work then I would suggest moving him to a different school. I'm surprised the principal and teacher would suggest that he move back to Kindergarten. I bet he will catch up faster than you think.

Best of Luck!!

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There is no telling how much he'll pick up during this year, he is too old to be in kindergarten, if they had a transitional first then I would be more open to the suggestion but no way I'd put that old of a child in Kindergarten.

My husband couldn't read in 1st grade and was quiet. They thought he had some sort of mental retardation. His grandmother in SLC read the entire Book of Mormon to him over the summer between 1st and 2nd grade and he was reading by the time school started and when they did testing on him they found he had a genius level IQ.

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Sorry you are going through this. Ultimately, you have to do what's best for your child, regardless of what anyone on the site recommends.

That said, I can't imagine having a 7 year old in kindergarten, especially one who is at or above grade level in all skills but one. If reading is truly the only area where he needs extra help, I'd keep him in first grade. Work with him daily on his reading at home and continue using the tutor, possibly even adding an additional session each week.

Find new ways to make reading fun and exciting so he'll want to do it. Find books about his hobbies or ways to read about those hobbies in real life (for example, my son likes to look at baseball scores and stats and has learned to read most of the team's names and cities).

Start with the basics and move up from there. Read to him every night and have him practice reading to you every night as well.

Good luck!
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I agree he is too old to go back to kindergarten. (My daughter has an April birthday but was 7 yo most of 2nd grade)

I taught my then 4 year old daughter to read. In just 2 months she could read any easy reader. Check out the book "How to Teach your Child to Read in 100 Easy Lessons". It takes just 15 minutes a day. It will be the best $15 you ever spend.

Schools are more worried about student's test scores and how the scores will effect their funding than the student IMO. The school needs to work with you to get your son caught up.

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Do not put him back in kindergarten. Why is he leaving the 1st grade class during language time? That doesn't make sense. The boy needs to be in his class to learn!
Sounds like you are going to need to spend some extra time with him at home. When my son was in 1st grade the teacher let me know that he was behind everyone else in reading but surpassing the other students in math. She was concerned and told me that I was going to need to up my time reading with him. I did. I read to him, I had him read to me, we did starfall.com (which he loved) and by the end of the year he was right where he needed to be with the rest of his class.
I am with the other mom who said that she didn't understand why they don't want to help him succeed. I would really fight the school on this one.

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