As some of you remember, it was this time last year when we were agonizing over the decision to hold my son back and have him go through 1st grade again.
Here we are at the end of another school year. There are so many things going on right now with him that it's hard to really describe. He has matured *so much* in the past few months. It's almost like he's a new person (yet not, told you it was hard to describe). The last time we met with his teacher in 2006 we asked about the "th" speech impediment that he has. They both answered, "Oh that's something that they generally grow out of by the time they're 7 1/2" Mike and I looked at each other quizically then back at them. "He turned 7 1/2 last week." They just weren't used to having a student who had been held back in their class. That started the speech therapy ball rolling.
We met with the speech therapist and his teachers last week to discuss how his speech therapy would go. As we were getting ready to leave his teachers asked if they could talk to us real quick before school started. They feel as if he is falling behind. He came to them at a "C" level of reading and needs to be a "G" to go on to 2nd grade. He was at a "F" but it was too much for him and he dropped back down to an "E" They looked at his file for last year and found that he had been considered for special ed classes but it was shelved as they knew we were going to hold him back. His teachers this year feel he needs that special ed help. So, he goes off track next Friday for a month then when he comes back he'll start with speech therapy and special ed. All to help him in the 5-6 weeks he has until he transitions to 2nd grade. All so frustrating that it's being squeezed into a month at the end of the year.
Luckily for him, we're persistant.