Our son is the youngest Kindergartener in his class. He is sweet natured, and generally very easy going (to the point of sometimes being viewed as lazy). He is generally quiet.
His father and I struggled with the decision to send him to Kindergarten knowing he'd be on the young side. He'd already attended two years of preschool, and was showing signs of being ready. Wanting to keep him moving forward, we decided to move him into Kindergarten.
The problem now is that he is struggling. His maturity is behind the other children, and his focus is an issue. He is not hyper at all, and can sit still for long periods of time. He knows his letters, numbers, and letter sounds. He appears to be unmotivated and unable to focus in the class, and he uses baby language and immature words towards his peers. His teacher is NOT an advocate for holding back, but says that our son is having a hard time keeping up and its beginning to affect his confidence to notice his peers ability levels compared to his own. Our son is clumsier, less able to complete tasks, and socially lagging.
We have accepted that he is not going to be successful in his current large group setting. We don't know where to go from here. Back to Preschool? He would have to wait for a space in the older class, and we don't want to scar him with the knowledge that he is not progressing but is moving back. Repeating Kindergarten would pose the same problems, potentially with the added component of all of his friends moving on and him staying behind (it would be easy for him to see that he's "different").
Any advice for this tough situation?