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|Tue, 04-28-2009 - 9:57am|
I'm a teacher but a HIGH SCHOOL teacher so I'm of no help to myself!! My daughter *barely* meets the age requirement to start Kindergarten this year...she would be 4 years old her first month of school. We have always thought that we would hold her back a year just so when maturity comes into play in later years (high school) she would be a bit older and have a better chance at being more mature. Although my daughter has had a "typical" development,she has been on the slower side of what is age appropriate. She is quite shy and very cautious to new situations. She is our youngest and honestly she loves every minute of it ;)I've been asking a few teacher friends and I'm getting real mixed reviews....some say they also held their late summer babies back and think they made the right decision and others say they wished that they would have gone ahead and enrolled them - their kids never felt like they belonged and kids teased them about being older saying they must have failed a year. If we do decide to keep her out of the public school this year she would go to a private, church Kindergarten as she is too old for the local preschool - she would repeat Kindy the following year in public school. The private school Kindy is a small group and I'm sure she would gain all of the necessary Kindy skills.....so there is another problem - don't want her to be bored stiff the following year when she is in public school.
Sorry for the LONG, ramble but I'm looking for as much feedback as possible.