kids starting school (Pre. k or kindergarten) early? Or kids skipping grades in school? Do you think it is helpful or harmful to their development? Why or why not should parents consider doing this?Answer Question
Answer by kaitilala at 4:44 PM on Mar. 29, 2011
Answer by Renee3K at 5:57 PM on Mar. 29, 2011
I was one of those kids who started school at 4, (turned 5 mid year of K) and it was tough. I was tiny to begin with, so the early teens years were a bit difficult. When my peers were wearing heels, I was still in rounded (not pointed) toed tennis shoes and flats, as those heeled shoes did not come in my size. I was still buying clothes in the kid's dept in HS. While my friends had driver's licenses, I still had to get a ride, because I was not of legal age to drive. College was also hard, as I was the last to turn 21. My parents did not do me any favors.
Answer by Sisteract at 6:02 PM on Mar. 29, 2011
On the flip side, my son has a fall birthday, and I held him back. He was perfectly ready for school, but my experience tainted me- My son might have been better off had I sent him early. He glided by (and still is in college) with very little effort, but does have fantastic people and reasoning skills.
Answer by Sisteract at 6:06 PM on Mar. 29, 2011
Answer by nikkupsmom at 2:21 AM on Mar. 30, 2011
Answer by ldmrmom at 8:10 AM on Mar. 30, 2011
Answer by ldmrmom at 8:15 AM on Mar. 30, 2011
For my own child, they would have to be seriously bored and seriously ahead to skip up a grade. I would worry about that ONE thing that they may not have gotten in the grade they skipped. Social skills are a plus and if nothing else, at least they can come away with that. I wouldn't start early because they learn plenty at home.
Answer by MrsHouston47302 at 8:32 AM on Mar. 30, 2011
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