My daughter decided to start my Grandchild in Kindergarten this last year knowing all along that she was going to hold him back ready or not. He has a September birthday so he is a young one. She is pretty firm with her decision although his teacher is totally against it because he is very ready for first grade. The teacher also thinks he should not participate in the little graduation ceremony they have and that maybe he shouldn't be there the last couple of days.....I think that is totally wrong. My daughter has been very open in discussing the situation with my Grandson and in my eyes he is graduating even though he will be repeating. Can you give me your opinion on this situation. To me it is as if he has failed versus accomplished if he does not attend the ceremony.
Thank you so much and I look forward to hearing from you.
From: Tricia, Littleton, MA
Graduation for kindergarten? Why? I agree it's nice for kids to have closure, but I prefer to see a family picnic to end the year; or circle time where each child picks his or her favorite book from year and the teacher/librarian reads each one at story time in a "reading marathon" the last week; or some activity that celebrates "Look how much I've grown!"
That said, I'm surprised the teacher doesn't want him at the "graduation" -- I agree that not being there will feel to him like he's been bad. My guess? She's unhappy with the mom for not following her advice and it's the mom she's trying to "punish." I hope she can gently be talked out of her position. I also hope the mom talks to the principal and upper grade teachers to get feedback about the pros and cons of a second year of K. I understand that being the youngest child can be a burden, but being the oldest can be, too.
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