I was wondering if anyone knows options for early entry into Kindergarten?

Teah - posted on 05/17/2012 ( 8 moms have responded )

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My daughter is a December baby talked very well @ 18 months knew alphabets & sounds @ just turning 3. She knows a whole lot of Kindergarten curriculum. Her maturity is of a 5 year old & was been in school for 2 years already. I would like to get her into Kindergarden this upcoming year, but I do not know to do it. I could take a test & then she pass & the test and her home school still may not allow her entry into Kindergarten. What r my other options? private school?

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Teah - posted on 05/31/2012

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Ok thank you I"m trying so hard to find a school 4 her or take the IQ test, then be admitted into a Kindergarten class.

♫ Shawnn ♪♫♫ - posted on 05/30/2012

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Ok, Teah, I hadn't had a chance to hop back into this one.

If she's 5 in December, and she's precocious, then you can't hold her back until the cutoff date. You'll go crazy, she'll go crazy, and she'll drive the teacher up a wall because she's well ahead of where her "peers" would be.

So, what I did with my 5 YO that missed the cutoff was this: Get into a private Kindergarten. We did ours at Kindercare (which I would not really recommend unless you can visit and screen THEM first, because they weren't quite getting the kids to benchmark levels.) So, any private kindy.

Then, because I was concerned with his benchmark progress, I moved him to public school in the middle of the year. They don't check Bday's in the middle of the year.

I really do know where you're at. I was there. The misconception came, I think, because I didn't understand that you "knew when she was 3", not that "she's 3 and I know". Apologies for that misunderstanding!

She honestly WILL drive you, partner, peers, teachers wild if she's held back to start with her "peer group"! And, you're not going to be "pushing", as I originally thought. She'll welcome the challenge.

One little thing to remember (from experience, I just graduated my early kindergartener from HS)...Make sure that you continue to keep her mentally challenged. If she's ahead now, she'll spring leaps and bounds. And, if her schooling isn't keeping her challenged, you'll start seeing the grades drop, etc, because she will be bored to tears. With mine, I had a hard time getting his teachers at the middle school/high school level to challenge him!

Best of luck with your precious little one!

Teah - posted on 05/30/2012

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Both the responses Ive gotten are not understanding that my daughter is 4 already she just doesn't turn 5 until Dec.She'll be only be about 4 months younger that the youngest Kindergarteners.

Teah - posted on 05/17/2012

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no shes not just turning 3, I was saying @ 3 she knew that shell be 5 in Dec. she not scheduled for Kindergarten til 2013-14 school year because her birthday falls after the cut off.

♫ Shawnn ♪♫♫ - posted on 05/17/2012

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Slow down. If she's just turning 3, no matter how advanced YOU think she is, she's 2 years developmentally behind kindergarten age. She may be bright, but kindergarten at 3, really?

Look ahead in her life and tell me this. Do you REALLY want her to be 2 years behind the rest of her classmates and "peer" group? 2 years is A LOT of difference, especially as they transition from primary to secondary levels in school.

I put my son in early too...LOL...a whole year. He was already 5 though, and developmentally ready, and holding him until his birthday was within the district "cut off" was not practical for him. At 5, not 3. Even my bright boy was not ready for Kindy at 3.

She's fine at school now. Keep her there for at least another year before you start pushing her to exceed expectations for children that are older than she is.

If you're dead set on pushing the child beyond her limit, then you'll have to do it through a privately operated establishment, and even then, I don't think they'd consider a 3 YO. Developmentally, she's not ready. And, we all think our kids are the best and brightest, but I don't recommend this push.

Sarah - posted on 05/17/2012

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I would caution against putting her in early. She may know a lot and be very smart, but emotionally and socially could be difficult as she gets older. How will she feel when all the girls in her class go through puberty and she is still 2 years away from it? How about being the smallest person in class, she might get picked on? What about when she sees all her friends dating? Will she want to at 11-12 years old? This could put her into situations she isnt ready for. What about when all her friends learn to drive, and she is 2 years away? Even if she goes in when she is supposed to, with a December birthday, she will still be one of the youngest in her class. Keep her in preschool another year. Allow her the time to grow and mature. I dont know anyways if you will even find a school that would take her into kindergarten at 3. I have never heard of it.

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