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    Very interesting read as well

    http://www.safeschoolshub.edu.au/docs/default-source/Parents-files/when_should_your_child_start_school.doc

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    Quote Originally Posted by VicPark View Post
    You've missed my point.
    Would you mind clarifying then?

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    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.
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    Saw this interesting article by Steve Biddolph today.

    http://www.themercury.com.au/news/op...6e582c5c3bc9df

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    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.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Clementine Grace View Post
    , 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. .
    Because all boys go through puberty at the 11 year 3 month mark?

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    Quote Originally Posted by VicPark View Post
    Because all boys go through puberty at the 11 year 3 month mark?
    It was just recent advice I was given this week by a school when talking about what age to send boys. Being 12 or sometimes 18 months younger than the other boys can not seem like much at 5 or 6 but it can seem like a lot when they get older.

    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.

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    Quote Originally Posted by delirium View Post
    Saw this interesting article by Steve Biddolph today.

    http://www.themercury.com.au/news/op...6e582c5c3bc9df
    What exactly are the TAS Govt proposing?

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    Quote Originally Posted by A-Squared View Post
    What exactly are the TAS Govt proposing?
    I'm pretty certain as of 2016 (kids born from then on) u will start kindy 3.5)

    I'm zoned to a nice school in the area and everyone is up in arms about it

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    Quote Originally Posted by monnie24 View Post
    I'm pretty certain as of 2016 (kids born from then on) u will start kindy 3.5)

    I'm zoned to a nice school in the area and everyone is up in arms about it
    Kindy as in what SA calls kindy - the year before formal schooling, or kindy as in what other states call first year of formal schooling?

    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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