Today was Bryson's first day of Kindergarten. We felt that since his birthday falls in September to have him do kindergarten again. Last year when we moved here we found out that Bryson would be able to start Kindergarten at the age of four, and even though we knew that was to early we thought he would benefit going to an all day kindergarten than a three hour pre-K.
Bryson did very well in Kindergarten last year academically but we felt that the age difference between him and the rest of the class was quite a bit. Bryson was receiving birthday invitations for kids in his class turning 6 while he was still 4. At the end of the school year we informed Bryson's teacher that we would like him to repeat kindergarten due to his age. If we would have still been living in Arizona or even New Mexico were Bryson was born this would not even be an issue as Bryson would have been to young to go to school last year. When we told his teacher that we would like him to repeat she said that she would speak with the guidance counselor and the principal. This is what I was told: Bryson does not fall within the requirements necessary to be a candidate for retention. Our little boy is just to smart *wink*
I called and set up a meeting with his teacher, the guidance counselor and the Principal to discuss Bryson's future. When we met Joe and I discussed our concerns with his age, maturity and sports when he gets older. I also didn't want Bryson being 17 when he went off to college. They listened and said that he could repeat, but that he should go to first grade for reading and possibly math.
We met his new teacher yesterday and apparently she teaches other teachers how to teach reading, so we think Bryson will be challenged.
We are happy with our decision and felt it was the hardest decision we have had to make in his future thus far.
Bryson with his friend Anthony. Anthony moves to California next week.