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May 11th, 2012, 05:40 PM
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I think it depends on the child.

Sunny is a year older than the rest of her class because she really struggled and had to be held back, so I wish I did keep her from starting one more year. However Lux is one of the youngest in her class group and one of the highest achieving.

If you think she would struggle academically, then its probably a good idea, but if she is already quite a bright little spark, it could make the school work boring for her once she does start school because she is above the level.
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May 11th, 2012, 05:50 PM
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A child who is beyond the level of the class is just as bad as one who is too far below, in that they won't engage with the learning material because they can't or because it bores them. The key is the appropriate level of challenge. If you think kindergarten is academically beyond her then your choice is simple, however I would encourage you to consider the fact that a challenging academic environment is a good thing - so long as she has the potential to meet the challenge.

Is there a way you can meet with the school's kindergarten teacher. You'd be able to find out the planned curriculum for the year and also what the teacher thinks, it might make your choice easier.

On the other hand, if you hold her back and find she's bored in school next year you can always supplement her education at home to give her an extra challenge. Whereas if you put her into kindergarten this year and she can't handle it, and then has to stay back a year, that might be more detrimental.

If it were me I'd ask to meet with the school you plan to send her to.

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May 12th, 2012, 09:48 PM
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I definately agree that it depends on the child. We do Kindergarten screening at our school.... You might go and ask the school opinion if they think your child is ready. I am a September birthday and started Kindergarden as a 4 year old (always one of the youngest in the class) and I wouldn't have changed it at all.

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May 14th, 2012, 07:51 AM
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I also believe it depends on the child.

With Breana she will be a young 5 her bday is 2 weeks from the cut off of Sept 1st.

But she went thru the assessment and is ready for school so she will be enrolling.

Good luck with your decision.

If you don't think she is ready then hold her back she won't understand that but will understand if she is held back and her friends move on.

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