My Freak, aka, Analisse, who turns 6-years-old at the end of this month, is struggling a bit in school. She is the last of our six, my favorite (“favourite” for my Canuck readers…looking at you, Erin, Rebecca, Gloria, Joel, Chantelle, etc) by a long shot, and is the only one of my squirts who attended a full year of pre-school.
As a wild child, she had a hard time learning to focus on her own work in the classroom, at the beginning of the school year. Her teacher, who is the best teacher I have ever met, this side of the sun, took a liking to her, which is impossible to avoid, and worked her rear end off, to get her to hone those skills.
But she struggled with Kindergarten subject matter. In fact, at Spring Parent/Teacher conferences, her teacher had a packet all prepared to show us how worried she was about The Freak, and was going to recommend that she repeat Kindergarten. Her argument was, “If she’s going to repeat a grade, Kindergarten is the grade to repeat.”
But, in true Freak fashion, that was the week that Analisse decided to take off with her studies. All her teachers said the same thing:
I have no idea what is happening, but things just….clicked this week.
So her teacher softened her recommendation, still vying for a repeat, but in a more ‘wait-and-see’ mode. The school put together a team of six specialists to assess her and to find her a path with special education, if necessary. We are also putting her in Summer School, which she’ll love.
So, my question:
Would you have your daughter repeat Kindergarten, especially when there is the chance she won’t really need to, even if she may struggle a bit in the years ahead?