Friday, July 22, 2011

Is Your Child Ready to Begin Kindergarten?

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This is a question that I am asked a lot; a very important question at that.
What is your opinion about sending kids to kindergarten who have summer birthdays (or those who are close to the cut off date?)
As far as I know, every school district has a cut-off date for children to start Kindergarten. The school districts that I have been around have cut-offs around August or September. But, I have heard of schools waiting until December. If I had a dollar for every time that someone has asked my opinion on this matter, I would be rich! So here it goes...

I am a firm believer that if you have ANY doubt about sending your child to Kindergarten, you need to wait. We held back our oldest and will hold back Little Man as well. Because of their due dates, I knew before these boys were born that they would be held back. After telling our pediatrician this decision, she said:
I have never met a parent who regretted holding back his/her child. I have met many who regretted sending their child.
Both my husband and I were sent to Kindergarten even though our birthdays were close to the cut-off date. Both of our moms say that they wish they would have held us each back.

Here are a few things to consider:

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1 comment :

  1. We live in a very large urban city and they do not allow holding your children back from kindergarten in our public school system. If you are 5 on or before September 1 you are in kindergarten. If you are 6 on or before September 1 you are in 1st grade. It doesn't matter if you didn't attend kindergarten, they send you right to 1st grade. Makes me thankful my son's birthday is in October.


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