Although this picture was taken a couple of years ago, it symbolizes the topic of today's post. To imagine what we look like today, add ten more pounds to me and use a Sharpie marker to draw a mustache on Jono. Go ahead, draw it right on your computer monitor. Then scroll up and down to make it jump from his upper lip to his forhead like a unibrow with teleportation abilities.
This is turning into a strange post.
Anyway, this morning M and I donned our parental hiking boots and strapped on our involved-parent water bottles to make the one-block trek to Jono's elementary school. I was a little nervous because we had a meeting with, gulp, the first grade teacher. We are concerned he might need to repeat first grade because his reading was not strong enough. But we were reassured today that he is now reading at a first grade, mid-year level. Just right. He has made tremendous progress since the beginning of the year. We are still thinking about holding him back, however. It would mean that when he did enter second grade, he would be more mature and academically stronger.
What are your thoughts? Have you held a child back? How did it go? It seems there is less stigma attached to this than there was when I was in school back in the 70's. Please share your comments.