My Daughter's Story...
First of all, I want to say that I've looked everywhere for a "place" like this and I hope I have finally found a “fit.” Let me tell the story (abridged version, of course) of my daughter, Josie. She is 7 (will be 8 next month, March) and is in first grade. She started Kindergarten when she was 5 ½ at a small private school. After 6 weeks, the school decided that she was not the right “material” and expelled her. At that point, since I had not other option and not much time to figure anything else out, I placed her in the other small school in my county. I live in a very small town in Tennessee. Instead of placing her in the Kindergarten program, the school and I decided that she need “pre-K.” She went through pre-K and Kindergarten at this school. She was making some progress, but by the time Kindergarten graduation rolled around, the school felt that she would either need to repeat, again, or I needed to move her to another school that would offer special resources through the State. My daughter is extremely ADHD/ADD. She was also premature; slow at walking, talking, etc. She is rather immature for her age. I put her in one best public school that our county has to offer and she is doing awesome! She is making such progress. She is reading, not fluently, but still so much better than August of last year. She is 7 now. I had a meeting with her teacher last Friday and they are not in favor of sending her to second grade. Although she is making progress, she is still not at “benchmark” as far as what she needs to be reading for second grade level. As I mentioned, she will be 8 by the end of this school year. I am very hesitant about repeating her, considering her age and size (she is a very tall, but skinny, child). I also am hesitant about sending her on because I do realize that she is probably not ready. I know I wrote a book, but I am a single mother (with no help at all) who desperately needs someone to talk to.