@Full House just picking up on your comment that only one person who said the OP's son would be ok. Not sure if that was a reference to me but just to clarify in case it was
In WA we cannot delay sending kids. If we could would I? I can't say obviously. If we were still in Vic I don't think my second would have gone til the next year as she's April. My son would be one of the youngest. In an environment where everyone delays I may have held him back.
I acknowledged my daughter struggled a lot when she first went. The boys in her class who were young have struggled big time. We had to move our daughter to an all girls school to help her cope when she was 5. My son will go to an all boys school where they have a middle school as I don't want him going to the state high school with 2500 other children.
This thread has really opened my eyes. I don't even know why they bother having cut offs (I think BigRedV made the point much earlier) and just have an age for year 1.
School has been a very complicated journey for my 2nd born for so many reasons. I hadn't ever factored in the age as it's the norm here. I actually have the reverse problem that she's a candidate for acceleration which I've refused to consider because of her age.
I myself was a may baby who started at 4.5.
Pretty much finished all the work before the other kids in the class so the teacher either gave me a few extra questions to do or let me go to the front of the class to play. I am not claiming to be a genius or anything like that. What I am saying is that age alone cannot determine whether he will struggle with learning at school.
And a - squared made a good point about kids getting bored. That should be considered too. Isn't that why some kids get moved up a grade?
Jontu kids don't get moved grades because they're bored. It's a really complicated process. My second has been considered for acceleration because of her IQ but we have resisted it because she is an April baby.
Kids should not be bored at school. Teachers give my daughter school work tailored to her IQ and abilities and we also have enrolled her in specialist music programs to keep her challenged.
At our school maybe 1 kid gets moved every couple of years so it's very uncommon. I think it was more common when I was at school but the social impacts of it were not good.
I discussed skipping her early on but public schools and private don't do it much anymore, if ever. It's bc research shows children thrive *generally* with their peers. Some gifted kids have high IQ but 'normal' social and emotional skills for the chronological age.
If your child is bored OP, speak to the teacher about an acceleration program. IME teachers really appreciate plugged in parents who involve themselves rather than whinge from the side lines (I don't mean you or anyone in that comment, just a general one).
Unless a child is an absolute genius, nobody gets moved up grades???? I've never heard of this, the last one I read about was an exceptional child in primary doing high school subjects.
I'd rather my child be playing up because they're bored in daycare than playing up because they're struggling at school.
Again, you seem to be only talking about the learning. Nobody is saying that your son can't or won't learn.m this year. The point is there is a much bigger picture here than him just coping in the first year of school that some people seem to be missing.
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