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    Default What age to start school?

    DS2 is a March baby so can start school at either 4 turning 5 or 5 turning 6. His older siblings where at a school where FYOS was 5 turning 6 and that's what we did. We are at a new school now and have the option to start at 4 and Iam not sure what to do. I am not keen on the earlier starting. I was up to 18 m younger then my peers all through school and as we got older this was definitely not a good thing amd ai ended up repeating yr 11 but itvwas the social side of things that caused the most problems. (Big difference in a 14 yr old and almost 16 year old. ) I do believe a later start date is best and most research seems to support that but I am worried he will be bored towards the end. I look at my older two and DD is thriving and DS1 is struggling so can't look at them for comparison. It would have been terrible if DS1 started at 4, DD would have beer fine. I am very confused!

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    It completely depends on the child.
    DD started at 4.5 and I had many sleepless nights about whether I was doing to right thing.
    She's now mid way through prep and absolutely loving it. She's doing really well and has grasped all the concepts they are learning in class.
    What really influenced my decision was that DD was begging to go to school and her Kindy teachers said she was ready to go, despite her age and being the youngest.

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    Personally, I would always start my kids later if possible. I am not a fan of such structured education for 4 year olds.

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    Default What age to start school?

    I agree with pp -It completely depends on the child.

    It's the same with starting solids. Don't come up with a philosophy before the time (whether it be starting at 4 months or delaying until 9) and then religiously stick to it regardless of what the signs from the child are telling you. Change the philosophy to suit the child, don't mould the child to suit the preconceived philosophy.

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    I think it very much depends on the individual child.

    My 5 year old DS is a February baby and he'll be starting school next year, so he'll be one of the older children in his grade. There is no way he was ready to start this year (he has ASD), so it was a no-brainer to give him another year to mature.

    My friend is starting her son next year too, who is 14 months younger than my DS. He has always been very 'switched on' for his age and has attended day care 4 days per week for the last 2 years. I think he'll cope just fine when he starts.

    I would go with your gut and start him when you feel the time is right for him.

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    I'm not a fan of sending kids early except in rare circumstances. Research all over the world shows starting them later provides better short and long term gains for the child. Countries like Finland and Denmark don't start until turning 6 and even turning 7 and they are killing the rest of the world education wise.

    My DD is in the 2nd half of the year so I couldn't send her early and she has been classed gifted. A good school, private or public will give your child extension work, develop leadership roles (DD helps the others when she is finished) and generally tailor a specific program for your child if they get bored or show high functioning.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sajimum View Post
    Personally, I would always start my kids later if possible. I am not a fan of such structured education for 4 year olds.
    Just wanted to say thanks for this suggestion...I've never thought of it that way. I have always said that I think that the first year of school should be more play based and less structured. So sending a 4 year old to structured schooling sounds less appealing when they could have an extra year of play based learning!

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    My DS is a mid march baby and even though he is only 3 i know already that i will start him 5 turning 6 rather than going younger.

    Yes he may get bored in those last few months before he goes to school so we'll up the play dates and physical outings to beach, playground etc

    I feel that the payoff in the end of having him more than ready for school will trump over the boredom

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    Quote Originally Posted by RmumR View Post
    My DS is a mid march baby and even though he is only 3 i know already that i will start him 5 turning 6 rather than going younger.

    Yes he may get bored in those last few months before he goes to school so we'll up the play dates and physical outings to beach, playground etc

    I feel that the payoff in the end of having him more than ready for school will trump over the boredom
    This is what we decided.

    Academically I have zero concerns for my 5yo - 6 in feb going to school next year.

    Socially i wanted her to be confident and self aware and capable.

    I also dont want her being the 14yo when there's a lot of kids almost 16.

    Her preschool has done wonders for her to alleviate boredom and she has learnt to read through her love of books and the letter and sound work they do at preschool.

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    I started early as a kid...and academically I did well. I would have been bored out of my mind if I'd done 2 more years of school (started early + skipped a year). Socially I did okay, but in hindsight, I do wonder what advantage a bit more age might have given me.
    I always used to argue that it depended on the child, and either could be of benefit. I think these days though I'd lean towards starting the child older in almost all circumstances.

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