The twins are doing GREAT in re-K (what we're calling this year of repeating Kindergarten). They are going so well, that--I have to be honest--that I wonder if they should have gone on forward.
And then my wonderful, supportive friends (Julie, Carrie, lots of others), look at me and say "That is wonderful you made the right choice".
I don't know what first grade would have been like for them if we had let them go forward. It could have been bad. It could have been just fine.
But I do know that right now, Bridget and Christopher are starting to "get" reading. Both Bridget and Christopher are having fun doing their math and love to show off printing their letters very, very well. The teacher really and truly lets them be helpers when they are ahead of the game on some activities. Bridget, in particular, LOVE LOVE LOVES helping the other kids when they are struggling with something. She's really *helping* them with some writing or drawing challenge.
They are both blooming and they love school right now.
Who wouldn't love positive feedback on their performance?
My undergraduate motivation class spends a lot of time on how self-efficacy ("I can do this if I try hard enough") is one of the biggest predictors of effort and thus motivation and thus performance.
I really hope that this re-K gives my twinnies the belief that they can do it. That they can master successfully the material with enough effort.
I can't help but to wonder about what would have happened had we sent them on to first grade. Right now, it is literally unknowable if they would have succeeded. ((That's really hard for a researcher to accept. I feel like I could know lots of different things by designing the right study))
But I do know that right now, they are doing great. They are positive, they are succeeding and they are actually LEARNING what they didn't quite get last time.
I think I have to stop second guessing and go with what is empirically valid right now: they are doing well and re-K is/was the right choice.
I might have to read this post a few times (re-k-read) to make sure it sinks in.