Ok, I have a question that, if you want to use it, I would like to put to your readers…. They seem like a pretty level-headed bunch, so I’m thinking they can help me out.
Hot Rod is going to repeat Kindergarten. When he started this past Aug., we knew that he would be the youngest in his class, but he was academically ready, if a little “wiggly”. It was always an option on the table that if he needed it, he would repeat. And now we’re here. His writing and cutting skills (“fine motor skills”) aren’t quite up to snuff, and our family had a very difficult year, emotionally, so we feel he could use the time to grow and mature a bit more. I’m very comfortable and, frankly, happy with the situation. I think it’s the right choice for him, and our family. My question is this….
How do I tell him? How do I frame this? Most (if not, all) of his class is advancing to First Grade next year. And it’s a tiny school, only 130 kids, with 13 of those kids in Kindergarten, so everyone knows everybody else. *I* know, intellectually, that this is the right thing, but I don’t want to crush him, or have him feel like he has failed in any way, because he absolutely has not.
What do you folks think? Any ideas?