I never realized how much a decision like this weighs on your mind. I have to say a lot of thought time and energy has gone into even thinking about Michael going into second grade. We've been thinking about this for at least two weeks, it's actually been longer, but that's when I posted it on the blog, and here we sit with lots to consider still.
We've heard it all from everyone. it won'tbe good for him in junior high and high school. He'll be small and so young. If you don't do it you will be holding him back from his potential. He's a twin. All these are thing that have run throguh our heads without anyone saying anything. So, what do we do? Do we send our baby into second grade and hope we made the right decision or do we keep him in first grade and watch him be bored for the next year, not learning anything new?
He has pretty much spent his kindergarten year in school bored and being a teacher's helper. And while I don't feel there is anything wrong with that, I do feel that he needs to be challenged in school. How can I knowingly put a child into first grade knowing that he already knows what he needs to?
So, where are we on this decision? The answer is as confused as ever, but we know a little more...we know Michael wants to go to second grade. We know we will be having a meeting, around teh second week of May to discuss all of this with people from the school. We know this was theit idea and the principal is already on board with him going a head a year. So, as things stand right this minute...we are looking at putting Michael ahead a year in school. This would mean we would have a second grader, a first grader, and a preschool student next year.
How will this affect Patrick? Hopefully not much...we know he will have some questions, but it's not like they would ever be in the same class ever again. We separated them in preschool and it was teh best decision we've made for them even though it was very hard for me to do it at that time. Patrick has bloomed since then! Is Patrick going to be an less loved? Absolutly NOT! We love all our children regardless of how they progress in school. Is Michael going to be punished if he doesn't succed in the second grade? No, he will just be moved back to first grade without any questions.
I reserve the right to change my mind about this decision at any time, if it's be the better of Michael!