Are there actually any negative effects of waiting until the year your child turns 6? Ie. if they're ready at 4 turning 5, does it hurt to still wait another year?
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14-09-2016 10:48 #141
14-09-2016 10:58 #142
Would be better to delay 4yr old kinder but some parents don't know around age 3 if that's the right choice (like myself).
There's also some reading around. But like most things on the net you don't have to believe what you read.
Also if you google Professor Andrew Martin you might find some info. But he also agrees that formally assessing the child for readiness is important as well...he doesn't say that all 4.5yr - 4yr 11m should start no matter what.
But my son is 5 in mid-Feb, so slightly different to those 5 from April/May etc.
Another thing too, my son is already above average in height, Some kids feel out of place towering over most of the 5 year olds as well!
There so many things to consider I guess and every family and child is different.
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14-09-2016 12:36 #143
I've been reading along. I used to be set on a later starting age but now I'm not so sure. I started at turning 6 even though I could have started at turning 5. I used to think it was great but thinking back...it would have been much easier starting earlier once I hit puberty. I was an early developer so getting af before starting year 5 was not fun! And my friends were still enjoying childhood...plus I lost a lot of motivation in high school. Not sure if age would have made a difference.
So now as ds is a Jan baby I believe in assessing each kid individually. I thought I would send him at 6 but now thinking of sending him at 5, likely to an alternative school which I think avoids a lot of the readiness issues in main****** schools. At least at primary level anyway...haven't put much thought into high school yet!
14-09-2016 13:23 #144
Another thing to think about is for the child to continually cope through out their schooling life.
My DD9 started school at 4.5, she is an end of June birthday. Cut off here in QLD then was June 30. This makes her about the 3rd youngest in her year.
I would loved to have kept her back a year and sent her the following yet, except everyone e.g preschool (kindy), her father, my partner told me she was ready.
Sure... academically she was ready and still is now in year 4 and is holding her own. Social/emotionally she was not ready and still struggles with the whole girl dynamics'.
It also means I will be sending her off to high school at 11 1/2, I find this so concerning. My DD12 is in year 6 and there is a huge difference between the girls who are 12 and the girls who are 11.
So for me it is not just about their starting age, it is about the age they go off to high school and dealing with friendship dynamics.
I got annoyed with the school in Prep as I was continually told she was not coping emotionally (I knew this), but repeating her wasn't an option.
If I had my time again I would have kept her back and started her at 5.5.
14-09-2016 13:43 #145
14-09-2016 15:02 #146Senior Member
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I think the solution is obvious and I'm surprised no one has suggested it so far?
Stop having babies in the first half of the year. Duh.
Sorry I couldn't help it
In all honesty though I am glad DD was born 2nd July so she will have to start at 5.5 no option to send earlier or later as cutoff in SA is 1st May. Same rule applies for kindergarten/preschool here.
Yay one parenting decision I don't have to make.
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