My 6 year old has the possible opportunity to move from his current school into another school in the community. I wouldn't say this other school is "better," it's just a different teaching style that my husband and I feel might be better for him and his academic success.
Our dilemma is the idea of moving him mid year from a school he loves and has gotten comfortable being a part of, to a "new" school that while good, is just different.
We know he'll make friends eventually. We know he'll adjust, but is this the right thing to do??
I also mourn the thought of leaving his current school and the friendships I've developed over the last 1 1/2 years.
I know only we can make the decision. I know I can get information from both sides of the aisle. I guess we just need to know if moving him mid year is going to be okay for his social development and won't backfire on us in the end.
From: WantingWhatsBest, Merrimac Valley, MA
I know you're ambivalent, but, honestly? You've answered your own question. Why leave him in a school where he is likely to struggle if you have the chance to better meet his needs? Sounds like a no-brainer to me.
At this age, the rupture to friendships and routines should be relatively easy to accommodate (compared to higher grades) but that doesn't mean there won't be some adjustment. Take photos of his old classroom, teacher and friends; arrange playdates for after the switch (at the old and new school) and certainly ask the new school for help in his adjustment. Many schools, for instance, assign a buddy to new students. If he's sad about leaving the old school, validate those feelings ("I know, you'll miss your friends.") as opposed to dismissing them ("Don't be silly, you'll make new friends!").
But bottom line? I'd make the change guilt-free.
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