Very interesting read as well
Very interesting read as well
Little Miss Sunshine (19-08-2016)
Well after lots of reading / research and speaking with his kinder teacher, I am sending DS next year (turning 5 mid-Feb).
It wasn't an easy decision, I had some sleepless nights.
- He's very confident...just needs the next couple of months to be less reactive (screams when his brother annoys him), we've started a reward chart for this at home with his older brother.
- He visits the school x3 days a week am/pm when his brother goes to school, so he is familiar with the environment
- He is getting bored at home and always asks for his iPad (which we restrict)
- He is tall for his age (some parents worry about their child being the small one)
- Academically he canI know not as important as social).
- count by 2's to 20
- count from 1 to 100
- recognises the alphabet (we're working on small caps)
- is beginning to sound and read 3 letter words (My oldest who is an August baby couldn't do any of that!) and lots of 2-3 letter sight words.
- I'm also a high school teacher and have looked and compared the ages of kids (boys aged 12-14) who are doing well / not so well and honestly there's variations in there ages. Some that are doing well started school Jan/Feb, some were delayed, same with the boys not doing so well.
Also the cut off is end April so my boy meets that.
He's still enrolled to repeat kinder, so I still have time to still change my mind if I need to.
Last edited by 2BlueBirds; 21-08-2016 at 12:43.
Haven't read all thread but I spoke to the school we are enrolling in this week, my DS is an April baby so right on the cusp. I planned to send him so he'll be 5 turning 6 in kindergarten (or prep etc. which ever is the first year of fulltime school). The teacher I spoke to had been there 18 years and she said with boys especially, it really can matter more when they're in year 6/7 when all the other boys are going through puberty and are a year behind. I.e. Some kids will start year 6 still being 10 turning 11 while some might already be 12. We're def waiting the extra year for our son, I can't see any advantage in sending him early.
Where I am too, the trend is to wait an extra year so there will be very few kids who start at 4 turning 5. My DS is almost 3.5 and he can just about write his name, recognise the whole alphabet, write almost the whole alphabet, and is starting to read words by sight. Every single school I've talked to has still advised to wait and start the year he's 5 turning 6. They also all mention that the age difference tends to come out in year 2/3 and 6/7.
If it's the latter, that's one whole year ahead of every state and 3.5 is absolutely too young. Is their child care centre situation really dire and they want to ease the pressure there?
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