Kindergarten

Jennifer - posted on 06/04/2009 ( 6 moms have responded )

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My son will be 5 years old in October. Since he won't be five before Sept. 1, the schools won't enroll him in Kindergarten. However, he is very smart for his age yet comfortable at the daycare he attends. Should I just keep him in the kindergarten available at the daycare or try to get him in kindergarten at a grammar school?

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Erika - posted on 11/13/2009

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My son is 5, he was born in January. He isn't in kindergarten. His specialists, pediatrician and speech therapist suggested he wait another year. He is extrmemly tiny (26lbs) and very speech delayed. Having him go another year of preschool was the best decision.

Stephanie - posted on 08/16/2009

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I agree with the others. Keep him in what he's comfortable in. My son also misses the cut off. He's a November baby so we are trying to get him into preschool.

Tamara - posted on 08/03/2009

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I understand how you feel, My daughter will be 5 Sept 11 and she has to attend pre-k in our school district. I think you should do what is best fit for your child and you..

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My twins miss the cut off date as well, but by much more. They are November babies. I also teach Kindgarten. My little girl knows all of her letters, their sounds most of the time, is starting to write and can read many words. She is ready for school. My son knows all of his letters, all of their sounds, can read but has a lot of problems with a pencil. He would do fine in Kindergarten. I am not going to push for either of them to go. It's not going to hurt them to wait another year. We live in Florida and they have Voluntary Pre-Kindergarten here for free. It's half days in an elementary school. They will both attend that.



I honeslty think it's better to wait the year and be in the most relaxed setting. You say he is smart for his age, keep doing what you are doing. It will not hurt him to wait the year. He will be in school soon enough and there is no going back from there.



In your case I would put him in the Kindergarten at your daycare and see how he does. Talk to his teachers at the end of the year and see if they think that he's emotionally ready for the stresses of first grade or if another year of Kindergarten is better.

Jennifer - posted on 06/15/2009

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My daughter turns 5 in July. She would be the younger kid in her kindergarten class, so we decided to enroll her at the Kindergarten at her daycare, in an environment she's comfortable with, but still something new to challenge her. If she doesn't seem ready for 1st grade next year, we will do another year of kindergarten in the public school. You have my vote for the the Kindergarten at your daycare, he's probably ready for new challenges like my daughter and another year to mature.



Good Luck--I'd love to hear what you decide.



~Jennifer

Jennifer - posted on 06/15/2009

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My daughter turns 5 in July. She would be the younger kid in her kindergarten class, so we decided to enroll her at the Kindergarten at her daycare, in an environment she's comfortable with, but still something new to challenge her. If she doesn't seem ready for 1st grade next year, we will do another year of kindergarten in the public school. You have my vote for the the Kindergarten at your daycare, he's probably ready for new challenges like my daughter and another year to mature.



Good Luck--I'd love to hear what you decide.



~Jennifer

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