How can I help my son catch up?

by L.
(United States)

Question: My son was out of school for the last quarter of this year.

Due to his papa my Dad had a stroke and a heart attack he was on life support and almost died. My Dad lives in CA and we live in IA so I pulled my son out of school and we went to CA. We were only supposed to be gone for a week but we are still in ca 2 months later.

So his school says he has to repeat the sixth grade, my son is a mostly 'A' student with a couple of 'B's. What I want to try to do is get him caught up this summer so he can be ready for 7th grade.



Answer: Hi L.

Sorry to hear about your Dad.

I think you need to find out from the school what he needs to cover/has missed for sixth grade. And also what they would require from you (in terms of proof or assesments) to get him placed in the 7th grade.

I am in the UK, so not really sure what work gets covered in 6th grade – or what the best textbooks etc. would be. But I am sure one of my readers will be able to point you in the right direction.

best wishes, Julie.

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Catch Up
by: LoriD

L. you really need to find out specifically what they need your son to "catch up" on. 2 months really isn't that long - also he sounds bright so instead of doing each and every page of the texts

I would have him do the chapter tests and see how he does and if there are areas he needs to review then spend your time doing that. Is there a test that they want him to take at the end of the year? If so teach to that test (usually you can find samples of those tests to give you an idea - from his grades though I think he would do fine as he is. If its worksheets they want him to fill out well that is going to be time consuming so you'll just have to break it up into chunks maybe Math one day another subject another day and just get through it.

I would really chat with the principal or superintendent and see what accommodations they can make - 2 months really isn't that long and if he passes the end of year exams without having to do the work he should still be accepted into the next grade. I really hope this helps let us know what happens. Good luck!

by: mom&wife

Well my son got suspended for one week when it to the next following week of going back i went and took my son back but to be sure i went to the office and talk to the principal and she said to me he couldnt go back... This school is so good and is where i went my whole life but has changed and no one there is left from when i was there but it has been a long time im now 33yrs old and my son going 8yrs old in May... Im hoping to home school him in the mean time but this would be my first time trying too, im just waiting for an opening for my son!

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