Should my child repeat a grade?
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for parents who have children with dyslexia
It is the responsibility of Jean-Francois Roberge, the Ministry of Education, and the school of your child to teach him to learn how to read, spell, write, and comprehend, therefore if your third grader still struggles to read, they FAIL your child and he is now penalized for their mistake!
What is the reason why your child needs to repeat a grade?
Is it because of poor academic performance?
If yes, why your child has poor academic performance?
Is it because your child cannot read and/or he struggles to read, write, spell, and comprehend?
Who is the kindergarten teacher, the grade one, two, and grade three English teachers of your child? They are the reading teachers, therefore they should know how to teach him to read. Do you know that all of our students both from the private and public schools even from specialized schools do not know how to say all the sounds the proper way and learning the sounds is the first step in learning to read! Observe your child's English online class how they teach the sounds to your child.
If you let your child repeats a grade, does his school have a new approach to teaching him to read or he is just going to do the same again – memorizing words to read and spell?
The idea of “catching up” or learning new skills is all false hope if there is no new approach to teaching your child to read, spell, and comprehend.
Even if the school has a new method of teaching your child to read, how effective is their new approach to teaching? Is there a guarantee that this time it will work – that he can learn to read and spell the proper way so that he can comprehend what he read?
If then, test your child's progress. For example, if he is learning the one-syllable words such as dog, cat, and black, then he should be able to read and spell all the words within this concept even if he has not seen the words such as lug, blab, zim, crunch, etc.
The stigma of repeating a grade and the stigma of not able to learn to read as his other classmates do would be your child’s worst nightmare!
Also, if you were your child, would you like to repeat a grade?
How would you feel seeing your previous classmates in grade three and or in grade four, while you were still in grade two or grade three?
As Kelmon, J. (2014) mentioned, the study ...found out that "as adults, grade repeaters were more likely to be unemployed, on welfare, or in prison." "The picture is not positive."
Therefore, the answer to repeating a grade is a big NO, NO, NO!
There is no benefit for your child to repeat a grade instead, it will harm him. His self-esteem, which is already at the lowest point level will even go down the deepest drainage system of Hongkong and his lack of confidence will also plummet to the deepest part of the Pacific Ocean. Associated with these problems, his behavior will never get better, but it will get worst.
As parents of a struggling child, what are you supposed to do?
If your child has a problem learning to read, write, and spell he might have a specific language disability and his instruction is different.
Let us help your child to learn how to read and spell the proper way so that he can comprehend what he read.