before being accepted into my kid's school , all children are assessed. the kinder teacher suggested that i give my son (who will be 5 in july) a "bonus year" to mature before he starts kinder. she insisted that it has nothing to do with his intellect. she also said that in her experience, boys need more time. she felt that i would be harming him if i put him in this fall. if i give him this bonus year, he will start kinder next fall @ 6 years old. he can write his name and can write/sound out about half of the letters of the alphabet, among other things. he does need redirection once in a while when he is completing a task though. isn't this normal? the pre-school he is now is great and his teacher insists that he is ready. also, he won't start till late august so is it likely that he will be ready then? what could i gain/lose by giving him this bonus year?
Answer by my_three_sons at 8:15 AM on Apr. 3, 2009
Answer by craftykidsclub at 4:01 AM on Apr. 3, 2009
Answer by TiccledBlue at 5:27 AM on Apr. 3, 2009
I wouldn't wait. From what you say, there is no reason to but her personal opinion about boys. Kinda of offended by that and he is not my son.
Answer by Anonymous at 8:10 AM on Apr. 3, 2009
Answer by litlsuzzy at 8:33 AM on Apr. 3, 2009
Answer by Rachel24517 at 8:37 AM on Apr. 3, 2009
Answer by SahmTam at 8:38 AM on Apr. 3, 2009
Answer by ReneeK3 at 8:50 AM on Apr. 3, 2009
Well, first of all, this is not their decision, its yours. I think waiting is an excellent idea for a boy who has a late birthday. The maturity in girls is so much faster that sometimes the boys struggle to keep up. I personally wouldnt put my child in kindy if I didn't just HAVE to. One thing you could consider is getting him some curriculum and basically "homeschooling" him for this bonus year. He could spend that time learning the basics and by the time that he does start school, hes likely to be ahead. Then maturity wise, he will be right with them. I don't care what age a child is, if they are lagging behind in maturity, it makes a big difference and it can be very hard for them to adjust. I am a sahm so any extra time that I could spend with my children was a plus for me. I say give him the extra time to mature. Don't rush him into kindergarten. He will be in highschool before you know it!
Answer by momofsaee at 8:50 AM on Apr. 3, 2009
Answer by May-20 at 8:52 AM on Apr. 3, 2009