Should My Child Repeat Kindergarten? | A Teacher-Mother Perspective

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  • Shannon White

    Oh my goodness!!!!! I feel as though I could have written this blog. I feel like it describes the journey we are having with my son. He too is a May baby and struggling in most areas you stated except the toileting issues. He is not interested in school at all. Even when you ask him if he wants to go to school he will say " No Mummy please don't make me go to big school!" He also has been diagnosed as having speech and language difficulties which we are currently working on. We too have decided to keep our son back another year to enjoy being my baby. While he is one of the bigger kids in his kindy class he is probably one of the most shy and least willing to take risks. Thank you for sharing your story. While we have already made the decision to repeat it is nice to hear that there are others going through the same issues and having to make the same decision.

    • Holly (Teach Starter)

      Hi Shannon, Thanks so much for taking the time to share your experiences. When I wrote this blog, I knew that there were going to be people out there that were going through the exact same thing. Or different, and it has made them feel a little more at ease with whichever decision they have made! This parenting gig is a hard one and we are all trying to do the best we can. Thanks again for sharing your story as well.

  • Sarah Grosvenor

    Thankyou for this article. As a mother of 5 (2 boys, 3 girls), and a teacher across F-12, I believe this is a beneficial topic for discussion. We have experienced schooling and teaching across 2 states, and have found it to be common to send the child off when they reach the acceptable age, irrespective of the child's interest/capabilities. Parents see the child to be ready to start primary school without any consideration as to what it may look like as their child starts high school, and beyond as they complete their schooling years later. As a teacher, I have seen many students struggle as they are younger and immature compared to their cohort. Holding back where possible has benefitted my own children, and I have seen it in the classroom. As yet, I have not seen any negatives in holding the child back, and yet have seen many students struggle because they were not socially and emotionally ready for what is ahead.

    • Holly (Teach Starter)

      Hi Sarah, thank you so much for your comment and sharing your views. I'm so glad that this blog is going to be helpful to other parents, especially those that have no experience in the education field. It is so true what you say at the end of your comment - I haven't heard anyone say they regret repeating their child in Kindergarten! Thanks again for sharing your story.

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