OP I'm in NSW and have taught K-2 for the last 13 years. I've seen it all from 4.5 year olds to 6 year olds starting school. 4.5 year olds just don't tend to cope well with school in my experience. We have huge expectations on kindy children right from the start. Out of interest do you know if your school teaches L3 for literacy? We really push them hard right from the start (not by choice, but to get their reading levels to a certain point by the end of the year). My DS2 will be turning 5 in February next year and will most likely be held back. I am concerned about him managing the expectations that we have at school when he's just turned 5. Boys in particular benefit from the extra year.
I understand you seem fairly certain about sending him but my experiences with 4.5 year olds tells me that they are definitely not ready to cope with the expectations of formal schooling.
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26-01-2016 21:39 #131
26-01-2016 22:03 #132
On a completely unrelated note, what is your schools attendance rates like? Ours hovers around 95% which I believe is pretty good for a low socio economic area? Our Principal is quite fixated on attendence, even for prep students and actively discourages taking days off. Whereas I've heard of other schools freely allowing preps to do a half day or take the day off if they are burning out.
27-01-2016 00:32 #133
My DD is now starting kindy as one of the youngest (May baby) & she cannot wait so I am less stressed about it, however I still think she is very babyish compared to some of the other siblings I know from school who are already 4. I feel much stronger in my thinking this time round & if she doesn't cope I will take her out & she can start fresh in PP next year!
Good luck to us both!
27-01-2016 04:41 #134
27-01-2016 05:46 #135
27-01-2016 06:56 #136
My belief that he is ready is based on my observations of him compared to his sister and what 2 daycare teachers have told me.
He is able to sit still and concentrate.
He can verbalize his feelings when he is upset.
He interacts with the older kids and is able to make friends
Because he likes copying his sister, when we did her reader he also joins in at he knows half the sight words.
You mention that you push the kids really hard and not trying to be rude in any way but it doesnt seem that way at dds school.
The only homework she gets is a reader and a list of sight words which they do at their own pace and only hand in once they know all the words well. At the end of kindy she was on reading level 11 and the teacher says she is doing great.
It doesn't bother me that some kids will be more advanced academically than ds when he starts because I feel he will catch up anyway and from what his daycare teachers have said he knows more than some of the older kids.
And this is in response to some of the previous comments regarding physical differences. I was also concerned about this but have thought about more and the reality is pysically yes he will be smaller but at the same time this is largely genetics. An extra year may give him a bit more height but he has always been small compared to his peers and some kids are just smaller and some are bigger regardless. I would rather teach him that it's OK and everyone is different.
27-01-2016 08:16 #137
Our school has quite a long orientation program the year before school in the 3rd and 4th term. I believe it's a brilliant idea as it helps those who don't attend pre school (many don't as it's too expensive) but it also allows parents to get opinions from teachers. Teachers are the best ones to assess a child's readiness, we don't seem to value their experience and opinions though. If we have a dr or an accountant give us advice we accept that they are professionals in their field and we are not. But everyone seems to think that they know more than teachers.
Sorry just generally venting lol
27-01-2016 09:37 #138
If our school eased up on attendance rates for prep, had a good orientation program and was less structured I would probably feel differently and may consider trying to start my DS at 4yrs 8months but they are quite rigid with their policies so nothing will change.
27-01-2016 09:41 #139
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