I also found it interesting that it discussed studies but no links to said studies???
Let's just have a think again about all the other countries that rank ABOVE Australia in educational outcomes all have a starting age of AT LEAST 6, some 7 and even 8. This is including Asian countries!
You sleep train all your children bc that's your belief system about sleep. I co sleep and don't sleep train as it goes against mine.
While I acknowledge kids are different I also feel as humans we tend to go with what works and what feels right. I feel turning 5 is too young given the high expectations in that first year of school. The evidence shows older starting kids perform better and cope better. Thus why I would say 90% DS2 will go turning 6 not 5 even though he's still little.
Also you've hit the nail on the head when you said we all tend to do what feels right at the time, there are some kids who are ready at 4 turning 5 and others who aren't.
I did have some initial concerns about DD but sent her to kindy at 3 turning 4 (after 1 month of starting) because I
didn't want to miss the chance of sending her as soon as the rules allowed it, knowing I could hold her back if need be. But after her first term her kindy told us she was doing really well and obviously wasn't ready for school yet, but showed she was ready for kindy and had a few fine motor and gross motor things to work on, but now they're really happy with how far she has come with all of that, that they think she is absolutely ready.
I started off going with my philosophy of sending her when she was first eligible (because why not? I didn't see any real reasons for me not to other than her individual 'readiness', but knowing at the time I went in with an open mind that if she wasn't ready then she could go to kindy again next year.
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