Jr. Kindergarten OR Kindergarten

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Registered: 02-15-2010
Jr. Kindergarten OR Kindergarten
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Wed, 04-07-2010 - 7:35pm

Hi All, I’ve been really stressing over this decision about my Son and was hoping to get some opinions.

My son will be 5 this September. He has never been in school or any daycare settings. He has not been exposed to any school setting at all except for his martial arts class. My son is tall for his age (most people think he’s close to 6 years old;he���s much bigger then kids his own age), but socially shy around new kids. He does not initiate play, but he plays very well with others (shares, takes turns, courteous and keeps his hands to himself). He has a very healthy and active imagination.

Academically from what I’ve researched and inquired from teachers, he knows all that he should know by start of Kindergarten so I’m not concerned in that area. He is able to feed himself, washes his hands without being asked, can get dressed and put on his shoes without assistance. He cleans up his toys without being asked and can hold a pencil correctly and use real scissors without assistance, cutting in a straight line. He can write his own name, first & last, and recognizes it by glance or someone spelling it out. He knows his address and phone number.

Since he’s never been in school (preschool or otherwise) should I send him to a Jr. Kindergarten program first and start him in Kinder at 6 years old even though he’s capable of all I’ve written above? Is it wise to give him some exposure first going 3 days a week in Jr.K?

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Thu, 04-15-2010 - 11:41am

Hi there!


Welcome to the Four-and Five-Year-Olds board!

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Thu, 04-15-2010 - 1:40pm

I lurk on this board but just wanted to share my experience. My DD is 5, turned mid Sept. She was not eligible for K due to birthday cut

 


Terri

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Registered: 02-15-2010
Mon, 04-19-2010 - 1:40pm


Hi Terri,

Thanks for your AWESOME reply! It totally helped! You DD sounds very smart and it’s because of you and the decisions you’ve made for her. Way to go Mom!!

I called the Jr. Kindergarten school my son will be attending and the teacher did advise me that they give each child an assessment the first day to see where they are in the learning curve. They group them accordingly. THANK YOU FOR POINTING THAT OUT =-)

The teacher invited me to come in a few times and observe her class. She said from what I’ve told her my Son knows academically, he will be just fine in her class. What really helped was when she said they will guide him in his social skills and initiating friendships. Around my neighborhood, every child has attended preschool! My son never did. Hopefully by the time he enters Kindergarten he will be socially adapted! I believe the 3 days a week in Jr. Kinder will be a great way to start acclimating him. Kindergarten is 5 days a week.

My DS will be 5 entering Kindergarten and turning 6 a month after. He will be amongst the older of the boys in his class and that’s exactly what I wanted!!!

Peace & Blessings!

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Registered: 02-15-2010
Mon, 04-19-2010 - 1:47pm

HI! Thank you for replying! I like what Terri416 said about not wanting her DD to be the youngest. In my school district, from what I’ve been told a lot of boys start later than girls. My son will be about the same age as the other boys in his class which is what I prefer.

It’s so sweet of you to say that my Son is ready but I have decided to start him in Jr. Kindergarten. He will go to school 3 days a week but then in Kindergarten he will go 5 days. I believe the 3 days will be a great way to get him acclimated rather than having him go from never having any school experience to sending him 5 days a week =-)

Also THANKS for the link! I’m going to check out the Kindergarten discussions too!

Peace & Blessings!

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Registered: 07-05-2005
Mon, 04-19-2010 - 2:06pm
You're very welcome.

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