Redshirting my son

Maureen - posted on 08/01/2015 ( 11 moms have responded )

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My son won't be 5 until October 12th. My husband and I are struggling to decide if we should hold him back for another year of preschool or have him start Kindergarten. Would love some advice or feedback!

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♫ Shawnn ♪♫♫ - posted on 08/03/2015

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♫ Shawnn ♪♫♫ - posted on 08/02/2015

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Not to mention, October 12 is a VERY late birthday. Unless your kid is extremely emotionally mature, he will most likely not do well if pushed ahead at this point. Give him another year.

~♥Little Miss - posted on 08/02/2015

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If you are in the US, it does not matter if your child is ready for school or not. If they are not 5 by Septemeber, they will not let them into Kinder. So, if you are in the US, you can have your son in Pre-K, or just wait until he is eligable for Kinder.

♫ Shawnn ♪♫♫ - posted on 08/02/2015

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In our area, if the child is not 5 by September 15, they are not allowed to enter Kindergarten. In Colorado, the date of cutoff is June 15.
Your son will do better if allowed to stay in preschool another year. My youngest didn't start Kindergarten until he was almost 6, due to his birthday being after the September cutoff. He'd have not been ready before then.

Sarah - posted on 08/02/2015

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I had a child born September 5 and he waited the year until he was five. So he was one of the older kids in the class. Best decision we ever made. Now that he is off to college at almost 19, I am so glad. He was bright for sure but that extra year gave him time to grow and he did really well academically.

Dove - posted on 08/02/2015

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Not holding him back wouldn't be an issue where I live as now a child MUST be 5 by/before August 1 in order to start Kindergarten. That wasn't the case when my girls were little and while they were 'called' Jr. K. when they started at 4.5... they were able to go straight to first grade at 5.5... and have always done well. They are, however, the youngest in their grade as many of the kids that were their age (and older) in Jr. K went on to do another year of regular K as well.

Before the age rule change it was quite common here for some kids to do 2 years of K... so I think you are totally fine to wait to send him if you are concerned he won't be ready... or he could always be one of the kids that does 2 years of K if you think he might be ready, but he ends up not being ready.

Maureen - posted on 08/02/2015

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Thank you for your insight Jodi.. he is an only child and although he is quite bright, he is a immature. . I appreciate your reply thanks again

Jodi - posted on 08/02/2015

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It really depends on the child. Some kids who are the youngest in a year group need that little bit of extra time to be ready for school at a social and emotional level. My step son was one of them, and we kept him back the extra year because he simply wasn't ready for school.

As a high school teacher, I can honestly say I see children come through who are amongst the youngest who probably should have been held back an extra year - yes, you can still see the effects many years later.

I would strongly recommend that if you feel your child is not socially or emotionally at the same level as his peers, an extra year at pre school doesn't hurt.

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