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What should I do with my son whom is struggling in kindergarten?

My son will be six in a couple of weeks. He started kindergarten this fall and according to the teacher, he is way behind. He seems to know and understand school work I do with him at home but the teacher says in school he is lagging far behind. His grandfather just passed away a couple of weeks ago and now he is doing even worse in school and not as well behaved at home now either....any suggestions? School wants to put him in special ed and I am not sure how I feel about that. HELP

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Asked by daught at 8:45 AM on Dec. 10, 2009 in Tweens (9-12)

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  • If special ed will help, then that's what you need to do. Maybe repeat next year too.

    Answer by Anonymous at 9:01 AM on Dec. 10, 2009

  • Have his eyes and hearing tested.

    Answer by bella69147 at 9:02 AM on Dec. 10, 2009

  • i would put him in special ed because if he is really having trouble then they would spend more one on one time with him...and i would also see about getting him extra help during the summer break to see if he is ready to move on to the next grade if not then you should keep him back and he will probably be ahead of all the kids next year and be very ready for 1st grade

    Answer by shay1130 at 9:15 AM on Dec. 10, 2009

  • Would it be possible for you to sit in the class room for a day or two? Maybe as a teacher helper? I think you need to find out exactly what the problem is. If he understands his school work and is completing it without problem then it wouldn't be fair to put him in special ed just because he's having trouble concentrating due to a death in the family. Even if it's that he's struggling with school work, special ed isn't the only way to help him. You could get a tutor or even home school him for a hour a day after school or just on the weekends to help him catch up or to catch on to what he's having trouble with. There are lots of free resourses available to you to help you help him. GL

    Answer by Anonymous at 9:20 AM on Dec. 10, 2009

  • i dont believe in special ed in kindergarten

    Answer by Anonymous at 2:51 PM on Dec. 10, 2009

  • If the school is not satisfying you & your concerns, speak with his Pediatrician & go from there.

    Answer by Anonymous at 9:37 PM on Dec. 11, 2009

  • i agree - first have his eyes and ears checked... but really - it;s only kindergarten - don't stress out about it - there is more to life than worrying about how his academics are at this age. Was he close to his g'pa? - are you a stay at home mom? He could be having separation anxiety... is he a social child? he may not be ready for the stress of school. ask yourself, whats more important, your sons academics and the stress it will be on you and he, or first his emotional and mental well being, If you choose a special ed program, have him evaluated first - which most schools should do anyway - if he has a learning disorder, you will want to know the dynamics of it before starting. Take a deep breath, give your baby a big hug and tell him it will be ok and that you will tackle it together, he is old enough to understand...


    Answer by AndreaRUJuiced at 12:52 AM on Dec. 13, 2009

  • Has your son been tested for any learning disabilities?

    Answer by KOR537 at 1:56 PM on Jan. 14, 2010

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