Did any of you start any of your children in Kindergarten early?
I probably won't do it, but I am thinking about having my younger daughter tested for early admission next year. She turns five at the end of September and the age cut off for our district is five years old by August 31st.
I would not have done this for my son, who I think could have benefitted from a little more 'growing up' time before Kindergarten, but my daughter is very mature and, I believe, already meets the critera for what they are supposed to know for Kindergarten admission. (She turned four in September.) She recognizes all the letters and knows what sounds they make, and the last time I heard her counting, she made it to 76 before making a goof. She is also recognizing some three letter words, although I haven't really sat down to teach them to her. I think she is mostly picking it up from her first grade brother and just from her Dad and I reading to her. I think she also knows most of her shapes, but I'm not quite sure on that one.
I know this is less important, but physically she seems to fit in with next fall's batch of Kindergarteners as well. She is quite tall - in the 95th percentile for height and is already taller then some of her friends who are slightly older and will be going to Kindergarten next fall. When I see her in her preschool class - she looks like a giantess next to the other three and four year olds who still look so 'baby' to me, whereas my daughter looks very 'little kid,' if you know what I mean.
I can see a lot of good reasons to put her in Kindergarten next fall, but I also see some good reasons to wait. I don't want to push her to grow up too fast and since she is the 'little sister' here at home, it would probably be nice for her to be the oldest in her class at school. I think she would do fine socially, but I am not as sure of that as I am of her academics. She tends to be a 'one-friend' sort of girl and can be shy. She does stand up for herself and is amazingly stubborn when she wants to be.
I thought I would see if any of you had done it with your children and what your experience has been.
Thanks in advance,