Worried about my June birthday boy starting kindergarten next fall

Erin - posted on 01/20/2010 ( 18 moms have responded )

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We will have our son screened for kindergarten in a couple of months but I am concerned about sending him regardless of whether they recommend it or not. I am wondering what other June 2005 kids are doing and if I am the only parent who is worried. My oldest (daughter) was almost 6 when she started school so it wasn't a concern.

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Koreen - posted on 02/12/2010

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my son's teacher has always recommended that boys wait until they are older. my son will be 5 in june also, and we are waiting. boys mature slower than girls, they have more issues(emotionally). plus if you think about when he's in highschool, sports will be easier for him, he may have a late growth spurt, and being the youngest, can give kids a reason to pick on him.

In my own personal opinion, and what i've heard from all the moms that have waited is that it's the best decision they ever made! Plus not one person i know has ever regreted waiting for there boy to start kindergarten, but i have heard a few stories of others, who regret NOT waiting!! Good luck with your decision!

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Joanne - posted on 04/26/2010

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I enrolled my son into pre-K, which iam very glad I did that.. I actually started working with him when he turned 3 with numbers, shapes, letters,etc. he has learned so much already to be prepared for Kindergarden this year. He is very close to reading properly, and i have no doubt he will be good at it by the time Kindergarden rolls around. He is writing and knows his number up to 30. He is an only child and I thought it was critical to put him in Pre-K so he can interact with other kids in his age group...I personally think you should not wait if your son is asking questions or wants to go..if he doesnt, then i wouldnt make him...my son was eager to go when he was 3..of course that wasnt possible. good luck!

Sarah - posted on 04/26/2010

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Not only are were both of my kids born in June they both have ADHD, I sent my first one to school at 5 and am going to do the same for the second. My son, who will be 9, has had wonderful success in school due to his teachers. To me it seems as if some of you are under estimating the educators in your school system.

Amber - posted on 04/19/2010

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my daughter will be going to school in aug and her brithday is june 24 and she is ready sociley and she has ben at home with me as a stay at home mom we are a all day kindergarten where we live

Amy - posted on 04/08/2010

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My son is a June 5, 2003 baby and we waited until he was 6 to send him and we have no regrets, my cousin was in the same situation but she sent her son at 5 and now wishes she would have waited.

Giovana - posted on 04/03/2010

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My son is starting in August too, he is turning 5 late June.
I am excited as he says he wants to start, but one of my worries is that when he plays games with friends, he doesn´t take well losing and gets really frustrated and bad tempered. Sometimes he smacks the friend who won.My husband and I try so hard teaching that he can´t do it and it´s really ok to lose. So I am just hoping he will learn it in school.
And also he doesn´t hold his wee properly, every day his pants gets wet, no matter how many times we send him to do wee wee, at some stage through the day it will get wet. His paedriatricion says it will stop in school...

Good luck to everyone and we should keep post after August

Elissa - posted on 04/02/2010

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I will be sending my son, Gage, next year. I don't feel he's ready yet. My son, Gavin started when he was 6 also. Whatever you feel is best for your child!

Lacrecia - posted on 03/29/2010

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I have a child that will be turning 5 in late June and sending her to Kindergarten has never been an issue for me. She was actually ready to go when she turned 4. Her daycare is very much like school so she is very ready. I think each child is different and you shouldn't just look at their birth date. My daughter is one of the youngest in her pre-K daycare class, but she is more ready than some of the kids who already go to Kindergarten. It also depends on the type of Kindergarten for your area. We are in a school district with half day Kindergarten classes.

I also have an older child who is 15 years old. She was also a summer baby, but she was even a little younger in Kindergarten. Her birthday is in July and she went to all day Kindergarten. She was just fine and didn't have any issues. I was really afraid since she was my first and I didn't know if she knew enough for Kindergarten. After dealing with her first year, I now know what the teachers expect and you'll be surprised at how ready your child may be. I think sometimes it's Mom and Dad who aren't ready and not the little one.

Just think about what will be best for your child and remember that little ones more be more ready than you think.

Good Luck!!

Holly - posted on 03/25/2010

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My daughter has an early June birthday and we are both quite excited that she will be entering kindergarten this year. I know that she is ready and will really enjoy it. Part of the reason I'm not worried is that her older brother is a May birthday and he entered Kindergarten at 5 and loved it.



In addition, I would not recommend keeping a kid out of kindergarten just because they are a boy. Having both a boy and a girl I think that the whole "boys mature slower" idea is a myth. My son is just as academically, socially and emotionally mature as any kid his age regardless of their gender.



Your kids can really surprise you. My son was a "clingy" child and still did fine in school. He had no interest in learning letters but once he entered kindergarten he became very interested and learned them quickly. In fact, he was one of the best readers in kindergarten and every grade since then. I think that one of the most important things to do is to work with your children at home on what they are learning in school.



Whatever decision you make I hope that you and your child feel happy with it.



Holly

Kristin - posted on 02/19/2010

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My son will be 5 in early June, && He has been in pre k since last August, He will be starting Kindergarten this coming August.. His teacher said he is ready so I am letting him go, also because he really wants to, but I'm scared that he will be on a different level than the other children in his class, how are you supposed to know what he needs to know to be in there? How do I know what i should be helping him learn for school?! I'm hoping he has an advantage because he has been in head start since 3 months, But if not, I dont want him to be discouraged! that is my biggest fear for him!! He seems to get discouraged easily and want to give up when he is at home learning with me, but his teacher said he is very determined at school... so we'll see i guess.

Ashley - posted on 02/19/2010

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My daughter will be starting kindergarten this fall also. I really worry about her maturity level. My niece is exactly nine months older than my daughter but, because she was born in october after the cut off date they will start school at the same time. I can't help but feel that my daughter will be behind her cousin because of the age difference. I'm glad to know that I'm not the only one having concerns like these.

Cheri - posted on 02/19/2010

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We have a son with a late June birthday and we said from early on that theres no way we would send him.Hunter has always been in the low % for weight and hight and dont feel his body will be ready.Yes its another year of paying for preschool but I dont want them to hold him back if he isnt ready to go on to 1st grade after making friends with his class.So we will hold him till next year.....

Glenda - posted on 02/18/2010

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My son Armando is very sticky to me. That is my only concern. He dont want to be away from me. He has told me he dont want to start school yet. So I am not sure what to do. He is already learning to write his name and is very smart. I was thinking of doing a class at a school that will allow him and I to go together to get him use to being away but still Know I am there... I am kind of lost as well. I dont know what to do. He will 5 in June on the 15

Joanna - posted on 02/17/2010

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I am not sending my daughter Sarah to kindergarten yet, she will also be 5 in June. She is going instead to a 4 day a week pre-school for 5 year olds. Half days, and it is similar to a kindergarten but not as much acadamia and more socialization and play. I may even skip kindergarten all together and send her to first grade next year, as long as she is academically ready for first grade. There are always other options and I think holding kids back is not a bad thing. I was sent to school early and did poorly and my brother was kept home an extra year and he did really well. So it shows that at least in our family holding a child back was a good thing.

Lisa - posted on 02/17/2010

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My husband and I have decided not to send Alex to kindergarten this August I am just afraid he isn't ready and I don't want to send him anyway and have him develop a poor outlook on school because of it. I am going to try to get him into Head Start instead. I have been trying for about a 1 year the waiting list is long hopefully he will make it this August.

Tracey - posted on 02/17/2010

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My daughter is also going to be 5 years old in june we are waiting also cause she isnt ready and I dont want to send her if she isnt ready and I have also talk to her daycare teacher and they also told me that Jaye isnt ready and I think that you should do what is right for you and your children cause you know them better than anyone

Lisa - posted on 02/13/2010

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I am worried to they will all be so close to 5 when they all start it makes me really nervous especially because I am near 100% sure my boy has ADHD really badly. I don't know how they are going to deal with it and I don't want him on meds. He is also near impossible for his dad and I to teach him anything he will mess up on purpose just to make us made and then laugh at us! Boy is he a hand full. I was told that if they have to do kindergarten twice it is no big deal lots of kids do and it is better for them to be in school rather then at home for social skill building and things so I guess we will all find out together *smile*

Carol - posted on 02/10/2010

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My daughter will be age ready for kindergarten but, she was born 15 weeks early and has many issues. She is very smart and what she knows what to do she does very well but she has cerebral palsy so anything that is physical is very hard for her like, speaking. She can't so it would be very hard for her to communitcate with others. I was nervous when our son went off to school 18 years ago, how do I handle this?

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