My story is a bit long, but I'd appreciate any help from a kindergarten teacher!! My 6 1/2 son Jack was diagnosed with a verbal speech disorder when he was 3. With LOTS of help through therapists he is now speaking much better, probably that of a 4-5 year old. He misuses the pronouns "her" and "him" , like "Her threw the ball." Otherwise his speech is pretty understandable, other than /st/ and /sp/ sounds. (We do correct him by repeating his sentences the correct way though) When he turned 5 I thought he was not ready for Kindergarten so I kept him home. When he turned 6 he still was not interested in book learning and his attention span was a little short so I decided to homeschool him and find creative ways to teach him. That did not work out well so 1 month ago I put him in Kindergarten, full days rotating 2-3 days per week, a total of about 13 school days now. He is not immature, and he tries to listen to the teacher. He is sweet and kind and respectful, etc. He knows all of the letter sounds and half of their names. (I taught him the sounds first) He is sounding out 3 letter words and a few sight words. He colors nicely and will sit and listen to a story but may have trouble repeating the story back. He can count to 20 but might skip a number or two. He can write to 20 with one mistake, backwards 5s and 3s. He cannot skip count and he does not recognize coins or their worth. He does not understand what weeks, months or years are. He does understand "yesterday" and "tomorrow". He uses his pencil and scissors correctly. He really likes going to school and has a positive attitude. He needs some help in a few areas, but special education?? However, his teacher has it in for him for some reason. Its her 2nd year teaching. She likes to nit-pick every little thing and blow it out of perportion. Teacher: "He always puts his papers in his take home folders before I stamp them and I have to repeat myself and keep reminding him not to do that..." "He could only sort a group of objects one way (color) and when I asked him to think of another way they could be sorted he couldnt think of one." But now she wants him in special education because he needs extra help. I dont get it. Its like she expects him to know all of the kindergarten skills before he entered her classroom. I'm starting to regret even enrolling him. I have not signed the special ed permission form yet. I asked for her to send me letter or email to list his strengths and weaknesses (because I really want her to think about his strengths just for once). Please give me your opinions on this teacher. I tried to be as accurate as possible. And most important: What are your guidelines for holding a child back and would you ever hold back a 6 year old? My son turns 7 in the summer and she better not hold him back to repeat Kindergarten in the fall. Thank you for your help!