Hi! I am a parent but am posting in hopes that there are teachers that may be able to shed some light on this. My daughter just turned 6 last month. She was in Kindergarten last year at our local (A rated) public school. She struggled all year acedemically but mostly socially due to immaturity. She is having trouble with peer relations, and is maturing but on a very slow pace compared to the others. She did not complete all of her I-Readys, I had to pretty much do some of her homework and the work load was way too much for her to handle (and me!) She is getting better, but is nowhere near her peers this past year. She strives off of confidence, which is the one area she is lacking. I feel that she does not have a solid foundation, but she is so capable, it just takes her longer. I struggled this past year having ADHD myself. I am pretty disorginized and have trouble with all of the papers that get sent home/remembering her important dates/permission forms, etc ! Kindergarten has really gotten more intense than I remember it being! And we also have a new baby on the way (her first sibling) due in December. My daughter thrives on structure and orginization. She has an IEP and gets small group testing through that. They do not give her grades because of the IEP. We have decided to have her repeat the Kindergarten year (we kindof anticipated that she may need to from the start). Her teacher has been wonderful. She is older, and has been doing it for as long as anyone can remember, very well known and loved at the school. She is on team repeat and has encouraged it and ultimately helped us with the decision. However, the IEP team is against repeating. Their reasoning is that it will not help anything and that she may be bored. So it's really hard. But as a parent and knowing my daughter I do think that giving her an extra year to grow would be best for her specifically. The teacher she had this past year was absolutely wonderful, as most of the parents call her, the "best of the best". My daughter is begging to have her again this upcoming year. However, the IEP team (I have also been doing research) suggests repeating with a diffrent teacher to give her a new environment. There are 2 other kindergarten teachers. One (who is young and so sweet) is going on maternity leave in January, so we really don't want that. The other teacher has been there for a little longer, is very sweet but kind of all over the place/ disorginized and kindof hard to understand (pretty much me if I were a teacher, though I probably would not be able to keep it together at all lol). She is not as experienced as the one my daughter had this past year, but she is still good. It would def. be a change from what she is used to though... I hope it's not too late (I still havent written the principal about repeating because of going back and forth with the teacher decision) but we usually can request who we want to have. So my question is...should we repeat with the same teacher, although research and the IEP team suggest a change in class/teacher? Or should we change teachers to a teacher who is sweet but not 'as' experienced or orginized as the other one? I don't want her to be bored, and the teacher that she had this past year was very animated and artsy. However I dont want her to be in a complete shock when she goes to first grade because she was not exposed to a new teaching style. I know I may get some negative feedback, but if anyone has any thoughts or experience with the subject I would greatly appreciate it.