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Posted by: Samantha | 2012/11/16

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Repeating grade 2

Hi Greg, My son is ADD,and is currently on Ritalin. I was told by his gr2 teacher that he has to repeat his grade. They say he is emotionally immature. Not coping with the current work load. Cannot do tasks on his own.Struggling to read. etc. I do not know if I want to let him repeat the grade. Should I have him continue to gr3 where the workload is even harder. With extra classes and tutors, or should i have him repeat gr2 and allow for a better understanding and foundation.

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Greg Crighton Greg Crighton
- 2012/12/07

One of the primary reasons for a child to repeat in foundation phase is often emotional immaturity, and in those cases repeating a year does the child a world of good, as they go in to the next school year better equipped to face and handle the challenges of the formal school curriculum. If there is a need to repeat a year (and the class teachers are best equipped to make an informed and professional call on this) then the earlier it is done the better, as it allows the child time to consolidate the year’s work before progressing into a higher grade with more significant challenges. Pushing a child through into a higher grade when there are backlogs is not a good call as they are then on the back foot from the word go, and often have significant difficulty in catching up.


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