Max will more than likely need to repeat Grade R next year. When the idea was first discussed a few months ago, I felt really sad. Sad for my boy who would have to stay behind while all his friends moved on, and a little bit sad for me too. But once I got over my sadness, I felt a sense of relief. I firmly believe that what Max needs is time, and repeating the year will give him more time. He has no problem intellectually, but he needs time to catch up to his peers. Despite great progress this year and massive improvement in many areas, he is not quite there yet. And even though I get brief stabbing ouchies in my heart when I see the everyone's excitement about their kids getting new school uniforms, hearing about the graduation evening that my son won't be attending, I know this is the best thing for Max.
(If any of the parents read my blog, please don't stop being excited about your son/daughter going to Grade 1, or feel you have to act differently around me/us. I am excited for you! I am just a tiny bit sad for us, we are going to miss you very much.)
Max is doing really well. In fact, some things he is ahead of the curve at. Maths, shapes, measurement for example, he is really good at. He is also good at the physical milestones. Speech is obviously behind, but we have made massive progress there, he is doing so well. Art.... not so much.
I had a good giggle when I saw these pictures hanging on the wall at school. I used to get heart sore when I saw Max's pictures compared to the other kids artwork because it made his differences so visual and obvious, but now I just smile. Art is just not his thing.
PS how AWESOME are some of these portraits! Can you tell which ones were drawn by girls?