What's the Hurry?

Corina - posted on 03/19/2010 ( 4 moms have responded )

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My middle child is turning 4 in a couple of weeks. He is in 4 year old Kinder at the moment and is enjoying it very much. I have been told by the Kinder teacher that he has poor concentration at times and can show that he is the youngest of the bunch. I am reading "What's the Hurry" by Kathy Walker and I have made up my mind not to send him to school because I don't want him to be a young one at school and feel that he is not ready. I think he has another year of play in him. Do you think I have made up my mind to early in the year?

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Melissa - posted on 03/21/2010

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I think you are making the best decision for you. I have heard so many parents say that waiting a year was a good decision for them and their child. My daughter will be almost 6 when she goes to Kindergarten because her bday is in November. Another year just gives them another year of maturity.

Lea - posted on 03/20/2010

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It sounds like both you and his teacher are seeing the same things, so I think you made the best choice. You don't want to throw him in too early and then have school be an unhappy struggle his whole childhood. If he doesn't read by first grade they will most likely keep him back a grade anyway! Might as well prevent the problem now if you can and work with him at home as much as you can so that he can experience success when he does go to school instead of frustration. (I'm a certified elementary school teacher, btw).

Sarah - posted on 03/19/2010

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I knew when my daughter was born I was going to wait a year and send her when she had just turned 6 yrs. She is an August birthday and I am an August birthday (Sept. is our cut off date). My parents waited a year with me also. At times I did not like being the oldest or close to it, but I think I would have disliked being the youngest or close to it even more. You can really tell the maturity of an older child versus a younger child no matter their academic or social skills. My daughter academically and socially would have been fine sending at 5 yrs. That is our challenge now is keeping her challenged. For me I was not so worried about that part for starting kindergarden I was more concerned with having a young 9th or 10th grader and all the challenges and preasures that come into play at that age and then not being mature enough to make the wise decision. Not to say that she still won't make the wrong decision, but hopefully with a little more maturity with her it will help guide her.

Michelle - posted on 03/19/2010

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This is about the time we decided not to send our oldest to kindy the year he was still 4 *he has a sept 23rd bday with an oct 1st school cut off* . he's in kindy this year and doing amazing... we had a situation where he's extremely bright and could have handled kindy BUT he was young and shy

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