Last edited by Full House; 28-01-2016 at 13:25.
There's a book called Outliers which has a lot to do with the increase of people having kids do another year of kinder. As an educator I would always advocate for 2 years at kinder however, my son is born in January and he'll definitely be ready so I'm going to go against my own professional opinion because it's what's best for him and his educational journey.
Just to put it out there what becomes of the kids who are Feb birthdays who don't do any pre-schooling before big school as their parents both work and the only option is long day care?
Are we setting them up for failure sending them at that point?
Every school I've enquired about (in Canberra) has said that they strongly suggest with a March or April baby, to wait till the following year, especially for boys.
I think it's all well and good to say the child might be mature enough etc. for kindy but I'd personally rather them be bored for a year (even though there are so many things you can do with them) rather than always be the youngest and likely smallest boy all through school. I've considered all of this as I have an a April baby but the overwhelming advice from everywhere, including a lot of teachers is not to send him early so that's what I'll do.
I have nephews and nieces who never went to daycare or preschool and have done really well in school both academic and socially. I think we need to give kids more credit. For most school is not that complicated or intense. School can be a really enjoyable experience and if you think about composite classes well doesn't that means younger kids are with older kids?
And some people don't like the term "Holding back". So why is sending a child within the school cutoff considered "sending early". Both could be termed "when child is ready". Anyway don't mean to nitpick words just find it frustrating when people say they are not holding back and in the same time using the term sending early.
In my experience Composite class work well for the smart kids in the lower grade and struggling kids (for that year only) in the higher grade. If your a struggling kid in the lower grade your screwed. If you smart kid in the higher grade your bored sh1tless and can lose interest in school altogether.
So yeah composite class bring a whole new world of issues.
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