is 3 years old too young for kindergarten?

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Shante - posted on 01/15/2012

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My mom put me and my brother in school I was 13 in freshman n 14 sophomore year. I wasnt the youngest in my high school or middle school. From what my mother said I was fine being young and in that grade

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Erin Paige-Mckenzie - posted on 05/16/2013

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Umm, I wouldn't recomend it. I started Kindergarten at 3 years old, and everyone was always bigger than me. Plus, on top of that, the kids in the grade below me were always older than me. Further more, I turned 14 in 10th grade and got my driver's permit then too. The good side is, however, that I graduated at 16 and got all my degrees for the job I wanted so I never went to college as a legal adult.

Jennifer - posted on 07/11/2012

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I was wondering about this myself. I wouldn't send my 3 year old away to kindergarten in a public school but I am considering starting her in a homeschool kindergarten curriculum in the fall. She is learning so quickly how to recognize and write her letters and she ENJOYS learning so much that I really want to allow her to absorb as much as she wants to, regardless of her age.

Erin - posted on 03/26/2010

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YES! My child being a young five is struggling being emotionally mature enough to handle the sitting all day and such. Even if your child is brilliant I'd wait, they can always advance grades later.

Julie - posted on 05/20/2009

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Pre-school maybe! Not kindergarten. Most pre-schools start at 3 and are a few hours a few days a week. This helps with separation and social skills. Also most school systems (at least public) do not start kindergarten until age 5. I do not thnk a 3 year old is ready (even if they ave good listening and social skills) for kindergarten at 3. And I have a 3 year old who is very out going and would love to be in school. And I have a kindergartener they are just at 2 different learning levels. Let her be a toddler a little longer - the rest goes by so fast.

Brenda - posted on 04/30/2009

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I'm not sure where you live but in Michigan you have to be five by the end of the year and they don't budge on it. I would say that three is way to young for kindergarten. Try enrolling her/him in preschool to prepare for kindergarten. My son has gone through three and four preschool with a co-op preschool where I work with the class once a month and he is so ready for school this fall. I would check into the programs in your area. Good luck.

Beth - posted on 04/28/2009

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This is a great idea. Preschool (not kindergarten) is a perfect place for kids to learn to interact with other children without you around. It will also give you a much needed break from your children. My son started at age 3, 1 day a week for 4 hours. This year he goes 3 days at 4 hours a time. Sadly kindergarten is a little less than 3 hours and they don't eat lunch. I'm so used to having 4 hours between drop-off and pick up, I'm nervous I won't have time to fit in a doctor's appointment now.
Sorry--- off topic. Yes 3 is way way too young for public "real" kindergarten, but the perfect age for a drop-off program like preschool.

Kylie - posted on 04/23/2009

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Oh just wanted to add here in Australia 3 year old kindy isn't part of the school system its run privately so i'm thinking that is what you guys refer to as preschool. They learn to recognize and write their name (or at least try) learn songs , do craft projects, listen to books and basically start understanding the routine and structure of a 4 year old kindy environment like find your name, hang up your bag, put your fruit in the basket, wash hands before morning tea, mat time etc.

Kylie - posted on 04/23/2009

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I think it depends on the child. My daughter didn't have a lot of interaction other children for the first 3 years of her life so got her into 3 year old kindy to help her learn the skills and make the transition into 4 year old kindy better for her. She went twice a week for 2.5 hours at a time and it was wonderful. She adored her teachers and made a lot of friends and i know its really helped with her confidence this year at 4 year old kindy where they go for two full days. As long as its not all day and your child is with other 3 year olds it's a great idea.

Lauren - posted on 04/21/2009

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THink of it this way. When the rest of the kids are 16 and sophomores in highschool getting a car your child will feel left out only being a 14 year old...just something to ponder...

Beverly - posted on 04/18/2009

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I agree with Amy. 3 is too young. Even if your child is very smart and mature, he/she will be in class with children who are 5, 6 and even 7 years old and will definitely struggle socially. I've never met a 3 year old who could relate to kids so much older. I agree that a playgroup or preschool would be a much more appropriate setting. Why the rush?

Paola - posted on 04/03/2009

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i think it ´s the best age to start kindergarten....my children started at 3 and the loved it



 

Paola - posted on 04/03/2009

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i think it ´s the best age to start kindergarten....my children started at 3 and the loved it



 

Amy - posted on 03/24/2009

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Yes, three is too young. With every year comes a little more maturity & patience. It can be too much for a child so young with all the structure & all the other kids will be older. Plus most states do not allow a child of that age in. There are age requirements for kindergarten. Try a play group or pre-school this way she can learn social skills & much more but she isn't in a completely structured setting for most of the time.

Amy - posted on 03/24/2009

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Yes, three is too young. With every year comes a little more maturity & patience. It can be too much for a child so young with all the structure & all the other kids will be older. Plus most states do not allow a child of that age in. There are age requirements for kindergarten. Try a play group or pre-school this way she can learn social skills & much more but she isn't in a completely structured setting for most of the time.

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