4 year old in Kindergarten

Brandy - posted on 06/18/2013 ( 11 moms have responded )

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I have two boys ages 5 and 4. The school that I would like to get my 5 year old into also has a sign up sheet for 4 year old to join the kindergarten . Would that be a good idea or should I wait another year.

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Eve - posted on 06/24/2013

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Another alternative may be homeschooling, if you have the time. There are plenty of resources to customize your curriculum according to each child's specific needs. Look online, at your public library, bookstores, even at the Kindergarten school where you plan to enroll your 5 yr old. Then you can just teach your 4 yr old the same things your 5 yr old is learning in school. That way, you can gauge your 4 yr old's skill level and adjust accordingly.

Michelle - posted on 06/20/2013

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Where I live most children start kindergarten at 4 so it wouldn't hurt.

Kelley - posted on 06/20/2013

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My youngest 2 kids started full time kindergarten when they were 4 and did GREAT! We were living in Holland at the time at a military bases and it was an international school and British, Canadian and Dutch kids started school at 4 so then the American kids did too then. I like was like you nervous but now that she turned 6 earilier this school year my youngest starts grade 1 and she is leaps a head of her other classmates at her new school. So if you can to it, go for it!

♫ Shawnn ♪♫♫ - posted on 06/18/2013

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Well, then, Brandy, the question comes to age requirement. Is there a cutoff date that the child must be 5 years old before in order to be in Kindergarten?

Honestly? I wouldn't do it, because most 4 YO kids aren't ready for that level. Which is why they have prek classes as well.

Chet - posted on 06/18/2013

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This really depends on your child and how they fit with the particular program that's offered.
That said, my own preference is for a later school start over an earlier one. One of our girls was reading at a grade 3 level when she was two and half and we still didn't send her to kindergarten until she was nearly six because she just wasn't ready for an institutional setting.
People are keen to get kids into school early because they think it gives them an advantage, but for example, the benefits of Head Start programs disappear quickly. By the middle of elementary school you can't usually tell which kids went to Head Start and which ones didn't.
The main thing for the early grades is for your child to like school and to feel good about going. Do whatever you can to make your child's introduction to school positive. Children who start out enjoying school are likely to learn and do well, children with negative feelings toward school are likely to have difficulty.

Brandy - posted on 06/18/2013

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Private schools are so expensive for me. I'm a single low income mom. with no help from the dad. I would love to get them into private school. I just dont think i can afford it.

♫ Shawnn ♪♫♫ - posted on 06/18/2013

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Depends on whether it's kindy or prek. In my state, we have an age requirement of 5 years old before 15 september of the year they are to start school. Any younger is prek age, and put into the appropriate level.

Larissa Elaine - posted on 06/18/2013

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I do know that in PreK ( well at least here in Georgia and Louisiana) they incorporate EIP programs. It is designed to identify and assist those that need extra help. If it was not for that I would have been lost when it came to my 9 year old. she has a mild form of OCD and ADH. They were able to catch it early and with doing so it is manageable without medication.

Eve - posted on 06/18/2013

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What is the age requirement for Kindergarten in your state? Where I'm from, the child must be 5 yrs old by October 1st. Having taught Kindergarten at a private school, I've encountered many parents pushing their children to be advanced at an earlier age. I have to evaluate each child, not only in their language, math, and fine motor skills, but more importantly, in their social skills. Is the child able to follow multi-step directions? Does he have the attention span to complete an assigned task within the allotted time? Can he work independently as well as be a team player? I believe these are some of the determining factors that indicate whether a child is ready for Kindergarten or not. I have turned away academically "gifted" children who were not socially mature enough to "play with the big kids." There have also been exceptional children who were ready to advance a year ahead, but once they moved on to the public school system, had to repeat Kindergarten (and were bored to death) simply because the state is stricter with the age requirement. These are some factors to consider. If you should decide to "wait," you can still enroll him in PreK to give him a head start. But if you plan to keep them in private school for the duration of their academic years where age may not be an issue, then go for it. Good luck!

Brandy - posted on 06/18/2013

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Well Im worried too. Both of my boys are behind in their speech. Im so stressed. I feel like I am failing them...

Larissa Elaine - posted on 06/18/2013

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I think it would be great idea. My children started at 4 and it really boosted them ahead of their peers once they went to Kindergarten. Besides it makes me feel like they are big kids just like their older sibling. You will notice the difference once they start. They will be excited to tell you about their day as well as share with you what they have learned.

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