Audrey is currently in a sort of "grade-less" situation. The classrooms at her school are not set up according to age, but skill-set, level of functioning, etc. Assuming that she begins this transition in the fall, she would age-wise be going into 2nd grade, but I would like to hold her back and have her start 1st grade instead.
The first thing that I learned about this particular topic is that there is, as per usual, some euphemistic nomenclature that goes along with it. It's not called "holding back", but retention. I first heard the word retention used in this context just a couple of weeks ago, and it took me a minute to figure out what it meant.
Here's what I think of when I hear the word "retention":
- Those ponds that old and/or drunk people drive into by accident. I don't know about where you live, but this happens at least once a week in my neck of the woods.
- What my brain is incapable of since I had Audrey.
- My perennial excuse, no matter what time of the month it is, for why I can't get into my jeans and have to stay in my flannel pajama pants all day.
- Accounting profits earned by a company but not distributed as dividends. Because I majored in Finance and some of those brain cells are apparently dying a slower death than others.
And with that I am off to the Individualized Education Program meeting for my differently-abled child to discuss the determinant factors to her functional performance.