Is 2 years of Kindy becoming the norm?

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Is 2 years of Kindy becoming the norm?
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Wed, 12-14-2011 - 12:37pm

I'm seeing such an interesting trend happening at our school. I wonder if it's happening elsewhere?

When DD (2nd grade) was in Kindy, there were 4 K classes and all but 2 children were in full day class. By the end of the year, even one of those two kids had switched to full day.

Last year when DS was in K there were 3 K classes and a few kids did part day, but most did full day.

This year there are 2 full day K classrooms and 1 part day classroom because so many kids are doing part day. I wonder if this is partially because of the economy - it costs $300 per month for full day Kindy, where part day is free.

But...another thing I've noticed is that 6 kids in DS's class, including him, are repeating Kindy not because of academics, but because their parents wanted and/or planned for them to do 2 years of Kindy.

I look at how popular "red shirting" has become and wonder... Are parents realizing that their kids really do need Kindy at 5 years old so, instead of holding them out until they're 6, they're just having them do 2 years of it? Or maybe because of the economy they don't want to pay for another year of preschool, so they're going the free route of 1/2 day Kindergarten, then plan to do a 2nd year of Kindy.

I don't really know what the answer is, but it really seems to be a trend here. Anyone else seeing this? Do you think it's a financial thing, or are parents realizing that their kids do need more academic challenge / stimulation at 5 instead of starting school at 6?

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Wed, 12-14-2011 - 12:44pm

Not here!

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Wed, 12-14-2011 - 12:46pm
Sorry, I mean earlier cutoff birthday.

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Wed, 12-14-2011 - 2:00pm
I think that's how it was when I was a kid? You didn't have to go to school until you were 6, so Kindy was almost optional. I could be remembering that incorrectly, but that's the way it seemed.

The Kindy teachers here say that their K curriculum these days is what used to be taught in 1st grade - no more cutting and gluing and naptime and recess for Kindergartners anymore. I guess that's probably part of the reason kids are starting later here.


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Wed, 12-14-2011 - 2:42pm

Here (Maryland) the age cut-off is September 1st.




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Thu, 12-15-2011 - 10:01am
I'll admit it was nice not having to pay for another year of daycare for our Xmas baby (Dec. 31 cutoff here). He's holding his own as the youngest in his first grade class.

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Thu, 12-15-2011 - 12:26pm

In IL compulsory age is 7 (

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Thu, 12-15-2011 - 12:55pm

ok this is coming from a mom who JUST found out her Sept 17th baby may NOT need to wait until 6 to start kindy. We have a Sept 1st cut off (well was Aug 31st now Sept 1st) but neighboring town and private schools in area have Dec 31st cut off so many parents do at least a year there and that was our plan too. I have to pay for day care anyway so why not and to be

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Sat, 12-17-2011 - 4:16pm
I do noT see this in al. U do not have to be in school until 7,so kindy is not mandatory. I also see kids only being held back if needed. At my Montessori school kindy is required full day, same at the local public schools. On preprimary can be half day.

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Sun, 12-18-2011 - 2:20pm
Compulsory age in WA is 8. People who home school completely on own do not need to report their child as homeschooling until then. Likewise, a child will not be held truant until then.

Most people here enter at 5, and are not even aware of age 8 thing. I have no idea where the schools put kids who do come in then - maybe they test them and place them appropriately.

I could have had my son do two years of kinder with our ALE, but I really didn't want to push him. Had I accepted money I would have felt compelled to do the work. He wasn't ready, he is a December baby. In fact, he probably would have failed Kinder in a traditional school as he was not reading or doing math at the level that they expect at the end of kinder. (Which may be why many of those other kinders are repeating.)

His not reading or doing the math was NOT at all due to my homeschooling, it had everything to do with his brain being ready. This year he is doing 1st, and is moving along quite nicely. I have noticed with him that pushing him to do things before he is ready is just frustrating to both of us. When he is ready, he learns fine. I suspect a lot of kids are just like him, but the schools do not acknowledge that - they want the kids doing more and more academic work early. They also tend to track them - once in a low level, always in a low level, despite jumps in ability as their brains mature. (Well, at least in some of the crappy systems where I have lived. I hope that there are more enlightened districts out there where they notice abilities of kids without parents having to push.)
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Mon, 12-19-2011 - 12:02pm
turtleemom wrote:

In IL compulsory age is 7 (

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