Kindergarten Readiness

Kindergarten Readiness- do you feel your child is ready?

   Kindergarten readiness has been on my mind the last few weeks.  My son has an October birthday and will enter kindergarten at 4 years.  My older son entered kindergarten at 5 1/2.   This is a world of difference to me.

   The kindergarten screening is coming up next week.  I have no doubt that academically he is ready.  If you ever want detailed information on spiders, let me know.  I know my son can spell his name, identify shapes, cut, and knows what street he lives on.  I am not sure what he will be asked and I am certainly not sure how he will perform.  Lately, he has decided to speak like a baby animal at times and you would think we had an 8 month old in the car.   He could very well decide to be a baby animal on the day of the kindergarten screening.

  So then there is the question of, is this decision totally mine?  If the screening goes well then the ball is in my court.  If the screening does not, do I still have a choice to send him?   I have talked to many Moms and teachers.  I have gotten many answers in favor of sending him to kindergarten.  Some of these were, someone has to be the youngest, they all level out at some point, my child went at 4 and was fine, and I went at 4 and I was fine.

  Some of the arguments against were at some point socially he will feel the difference, another year of preschool will really give him a strong start in kindergarten, the difference will begin to show somewhere around third grade.  I am not sure if they meant socially or academically on the last statement.  Oh, and the pediatrician, " You're not sending him to kindergarten are you?"

  If I lived in a state where children were routinely held back for sports, maybe my decision would be easier.  Many of my son's friends have younger siblings that my younger son knows who are going to kindergarten.  I selfishly want my son to go with a group of friends he knows and a group of Moms I know.  All of their birthdays are earlier so I am the only one facing this question.

 So I think my blog is really a question to the readers out there.  What did you do? Or if you are facing the decision, what will you do?


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Susan2boys May 14, 2012 at 06:23 PM
I entered at 4 too having a November birthday...as an adult and looking back, maybe I should have entered a year later...but times were much different then. Go with your gut feeling if it's your choice. You know your son better than anyone.
Tanii C. May 16, 2012 at 12:34 PM
My son has an October birthday as well and it never crossed my mind that he wouldn't be going to kindergarten this fall. Maybe it's because I was was 4 in kindergarten as well, I was THE youngest until HS when a Jan 77 kid came into the fold. But anyhoo, I think if your son has the maturity level and more importantly WANTS to go to kindergarten then I say go for it, he'll be 5 a month or so into the school year...but that's just my opinion.
Tina Rustyak May 16, 2012 at 02:23 PM
Thanks so much!
Pam Robinson May 17, 2012 at 04:19 AM
Watch for Tina's next blog, coming up at noon. All you volunteers with PAL and other sports program, take note!
Jennifer T May 20, 2012 at 11:27 AM
I do understand your concerns, my middle daughter started Kindergarten when she was just 5 ( late August bday) she is in 3rd grade now and struggles. My son is entering Kindergarten this fall and with a January birthday, he is 5 1/2 and could not be more ready. I also started early and had a very rough time in school, always a step behind. Go with what you gut tells you, moms usually know best. Also, is it possible if after Kindergarten you feel he is not ready to move on , you keep him back instead of move on to first? Worth a shot I say ;) good luck


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