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  1. Prompted in part by the recent discussions on the boards, I was chatting with my mother about redshirting and how my May birthday second grader is one of the youngest in his religious school class because of the local private school's unofficial cutoff date of June. In the course of this conversation, I discovered that my mother did NOT skip a grade in school, as I had always thought (she is a year younger than her two oldest friends) but rather, the cutoff in 1940s NYC public schools was April 30, and she has a mid-April birthday. Who knew? As she likes to remind me, there is much I do not know about her. :tongue_smilie: She also mentioned that when my brother and I were children, the cutoff in our district was October 30. So what's with all of these shifting cutoffs? How do these get set, anyway? And what sort of factors would be behind changes?
  2. If you wouldn't mind sharing what age (birth month & year) and "grade" you have your children at, I would really appreciate it, and how old will they be when they graduate based on a May/June graduation timeframe. Especially in the 3-5th grade range, but all are welcome. I haven't done any in-depth research on birth dates and grade ranges, but I keep getting the impression on here and with at our homeschool group that a lot of the homeschooled kids that are around the same age as DD are actually "labeled" a grade level below her for whatever purposes. I say labeled, because we all know that actual learning level can be wildly disparate for each child. I'm trying to decide where I should "place" DD for a few different reasons and am bouncing it around in my brain. ETA: She is 10 - August 2002, and right now she is Grade 5, as far as "labeling" goes.
  3. I've seen a lot of discussion on these boards about "red-shirting" kids. Fellow Canucks - does this happen in your province? Not here as far as I can tell. Everything here is based on the year that the child was born. School, sports, other extra-curricular activities (brownies, etc). If any non-Canadians are reading this, here is the breakdown for grades here in my province: Born in 1999 - Grade 8 Born in 2000 - Grade 7 Born in 2001 - Grade 6 Born in 2002 - Grade 5 Born in 2003 - Grade 4 Born in 2004 - Grade 3 Born in 2005 - Grade 2 Born in 2006 - Grade 1 Born in 2007 - Senior Kindergarten (not mandatory) Born in 2008 - Junior Kindergarten (not mandatory) You can't start anything early, even if your child is ready for it. And if you want to hold your child back, they don't allow that either. In our school board, they will not accelerate kids, nor will they fail them. It just doesn't happen. They would rather put them all on individual education plans and manage it that way. Which seems like a whole lot more work IMHO??? Nope, not even with psych-ed evaluations or other standardized testing. It is all based on the year you were born - no other factors are considered. If you are born in 2001 - then you are in grade 6 right now. Period. You can only play on sports teams that other kids in 2001 play on. I find it really remarkable that this practice of red-shirting seems so common in the US???
  4. My 9yo son is a third grader. We red-shirted him from the beginning. He's an avid reader and seems to comprehend what he is reading quite well. For example, he is reading Sea Clocks right now and is loving it and tackled Dragonwings this fall. He is doing well in math (CLP Math 300) and is learning well in general. His handwriting is ok. Cursive is better than manuscript. He is doing great with WWE 2 (almost finished with it) and is doing great with CLP LA 300. All that said, he cannot spell the simplest words. We are using Spelling Power because the pace for spelling in CLP LA was far past his abilities. Still, he is struggling. Does spelling just click with some kids much later than others? (My 7yo 2nd grader is often telling his older brother how to spell simple stuff. I'm concerned my Kindergartner will soon be piping in that he is misspelling Kindergarten words.) We review quite often but what we just worked on, sometimes the previous day, is forgotten. Ugh. I don't know what to do. I've tried "fun" spelling, like dry erase makers and windows, spelling in sugar, spelling with toothpicks, chalk outside, cutting out letters, etc. Don't good readers make good spellers? Is this just a boy thing? Do some kids NEVER get it? Thanks in advance for any replies. And <drumroll, please> this is my FIRST post to a message board EVER! It only took me 10 minutes to find the new thread button. LOL!
  5. I have held my son back in 1st grade because of his lack of advancement in reading, writing, and math skills. He is doing better and I am hoping will be ready to progress to 2nd grade next year. But, if he stays on this track and doesn't move ahead of grade level in the coming years, he will graduate at 19 instead of 18. Does anyone see that as a problem?
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