STARTING SCHOOL EARLY?????

Brandi - posted on 06/27/2010 ( 3 moms have responded )

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My four year old daughter is reading at a first or maybe early second grade level. She is VERY interested in language and seems to take to reading easily. My school district will not allow her to start kindergarten until the year after next, as her birthday is after Nov. (she was born the following march). She is at least a little ahead of her other 4 year old peers (and even some of the five and six year olds we know) in most every aspect. She speaks very clearly, is very social with the other kids, is friendly and interacts well with her peers. She is enthusiastic about learning and very diligent in her practicing of reading and writing. She is also able to do some math (though it isn't her "strong suit," as I don't think she is terribly intersted, but we're working on it). My concern??? I don't want her to get bored when they do allow her to go to school and lose her enthusiasm for learning. We work hard at home and are very encouraging, but I want her to receive the best education possible. Any suggestions as to what I might do when she starts kindergarten?? I am enrolling her in a Pre-K program that is geared toward preparing children for kindergarten. Any other suggestions, thoughts would be greatly appreciated.

I also want to express how proud I am of my daughter. I am very aware that in the grand scheme of things, this isn't really a "problem." I am just looking for some input/feedback from other mothers who may have come across this situation. :-)

Thanks.

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Brandi - posted on 06/28/2010

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Sherri, they have an enrichment program at our school as well, but don't typically admit children into it until first grade (though I intend to rally for an early admittance). Mandy, thanks so much for your input regarding challenging her extracurricularly. I am planning to enroll her in swim class and possibly even gymnastics. I agree that my daughter isn't emotionally ready for school early as she is still very clingy with me. I have had the good fortune to stay home with her since she was about a year old. I think giving her OTHER challenging things to do is a great idea.

Mandy - posted on 06/28/2010

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We should get our 4 year olds together. My dd learned to read when she was 3 and sounds very much like your daughter. She will be the youngest in her class as it is since she has a summer birthday. She is academically ready for kindergarten but not emotionally. My son is 6 and just finished kindergarten. He was identified gifted early on so was put in an accelerated group from the start. They have challenged him and he has enjoyed school. We are going to look into exploring other interests with our kids. We put my son in sports and for my daughter, she will be going to dance. I'm also thinking about starting a musical instrument for my 4yo. I think she would be great at it and will give her something else to learn. You could supplement with your daughter by teaching her another language. Another thing to think about, is starting school early means that they will be leaving the house a year early so I'm not going to encourage that. The way I see it is that school will come easy for my children as it was easy from myself too. Just supplement with other challenging things like sports or musical instruments.

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