When is it right to repeat fifth grade before moving on to sixth?

Author's Note

My daughter was the youngest student in her kindergarten class. Although she liked school and was an attentive student, there was just something about reading that didn't click -- and we didn't realize it was an issue until the very last parent-teacher conference of the school year. It was a conversation that changed our focus during the next several months. At home, the entire family wrote sight words on sticky notes and posted them around the house at our daughter's eye level. We set aside ample time to read together each evening and stocked up on early reader books. Above all, we tried to weave reading activities into daily life as we deciphered street signs and menus until -- like many children -- her reading skills seemed to fall into place. Now, at 9, she's an avid reader and shows no signs of stopping.

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  • PBS. "Grade-by-Grade Learning: Fifth Grade." (June 26, 2012) http://www.pbs.org/parents/goingtoschool/what_5.html
  • Stump, Colleen. "Repeating a Grade: The Pros and Cons." (June 26, 2012) http://www.greatschools.org/special-education/health/659-repeating-a-grade.gs?page=all