My little boy is in first grade and we just had conferences. His teacher wants me to consider holding him back or better yet getting his new school next year to evaluate him for split placement. She said he is incredibly smart... Brilliant actually, but he is struggling with basic reading and writing. On the other hand he excels at math.
She also said he is sensitive and his confidence is easily shaken. She is concerned his teacher next year won't see past his struggles and won't "get" him.
I don't have a problem with him repeating first grade or doing 1st grade reading in second grade but every time I bring it up with him he cries and tells me it's because he's dumb...
So what would you do? 1) have him repeat 2) ask for a placement evaluation 3) let him go on and hope he can catch up in the subjects that don't come easy.