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My son will be five next July which means I could enroll him in Kindergarten next September. How do I know if he is ready? When is it 'good' to hold a child back a year?


Asked by ThoseThree at 2:22 PM on Oct. 20, 2008 in Preschoolers (3-4)

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  • Is he in perschool this year? If he is then he'll be ready. my son started kindregarden this year. the school put him throught a simple test. physical and mental. he needed to be able to: write his first name, color within the lines (as best as a 5 year old can), use scissors, hop,run, walk sturdy (all things most 5 year olds can do), know his colors, the alphabet, and shapes. he aslo had to be able to follow simple directions. they shower him some pictures and asked him to tell what they were to check for language development. Ummmmmm... i think thats most of it. it seems like alot. but as the pp's said ask the school. they most likely have a list of things they need to know or do to succeed.

    Answer by CoreyLynn at 4:40 PM on Oct. 20, 2008

  • Usually the pediatrician will make some tests if the child is physically and mentally ready for school yet.

    Answer by m.robertson811 at 2:25 PM on Oct. 20, 2008

  • find out what the school expects him to know before he is enrolled - he should easily complete those tasks -
    dont hold him back if it is "empty nest syndrome" that isnt a good mom type behavior - making your child depend on you for everything doesnt prepare him for the future (not that i think thats what your doing - i just know someone who went through this)

    Answer by vakatia at 2:27 PM on Oct. 20, 2008

  • Most kindergartens want your child to be able to count to ten and know their alphabet and that's pretty much it.

    Answer by at 2:56 PM on Oct. 20, 2008

  • I agree, talk to your school and to your doctor. If your child isn't having any developmental delays, he's probably fine. Holding a kid back is usually done when the birthday is very close to the cut off and cut off dates range from being 5 by the first day of school to sometime in December. And remember, if he starts and doesn't do well, he can always repeat kindergarten.

    Answer by kaycee14 at 3:18 PM on Oct. 20, 2008

  • First, find out what readiness requirements your school district has. For many schools, academics has nothing to do with readiness. It's more about social and emotional development. Can he follow a three-step direction without reminders? Does he have some level of competence in self-help skills? Can he be away from you without tears for a stretch? Can he take direction from someone outside the family? Can he manage peer to peer disagreements and other interactions? Can he sit and follow a story for 10-15 minutes? Some academics may include - able to identify basic shapes and colors, count to 10, familiar with letters although may not need to know them all.

    Answer by ldmrmom at 2:24 PM on Oct. 21, 2008