Would you wait another year to put him into kindergarten?
My 4 yr old will turn 5 in june. He is registered to start K in the fall. but he has some issues that has started to make me consider waiting another year.
First off, he has anxiety attacks if he cannot find me. Right now he is up in his bedroom playing, but if he came down and lets say I was int he basement doing laundry, he would panic and start rushing through the house calling for me. He does okay when he is at other peoples houses, but when we went in for his k screening, he freaked out when they took him to go do testing and I ended up having to go with him.
He is also very easily distracted. He can sit and focus on things, but at the same time, if there is a distraction, he has to be constatnly redirected back to what we are doing.
Academical he is right were he should be. But emotionally and attention span wise, I feel like he is behind.
Now, the school recommended that we try summer school. Its only for a month, but they thought it would be a good way to prepare him and help work past his anxiety. And i am all for that, he is set to start in June. But I have really been thinking about it. And the more I consider all the options, the more I think it might be in his best interest to wait another year. We do not have a preschool here other then the one for children who are developmentally delayed. He has not delays, so preschool is not an option, but I wish it were, because I think it would be a great transition for him.
The other options would be to do summer school then start K in the fall and if he is struggling we can always hold him back a year, or just push him harder.... I don't want his first experience with school to be a struggle or a constant battle, but I also don't want to hold him academically if we can avoid it. (our second son was held back because we moved from one state to another, and he had been in k in MT but the cut off date was different in ID, and they would not let him finish K that year. He is very intelligent, but now he is in 1rst grade and there is not academic challenge for him.. he is board I dont' want that to be the same case with my 4 yr old.)
What would you do?