By Guest Blogger & Smarty Mom, Janelle Nash
I always assumed that when my child turned five, I would drop her off at kindergarten (nearest elementary school will do just fine) and immediately list the ways I could spend that extra grand a month.
Now that the time is nearing, my thoughts have matured a bit – is she smart enough? Is she emotionally and socially ready? Is our assigned elementary school good enough? Should I homeschool her? Okay, that last bit has never entered my mind since Nick Jr. probably isn’t recognized as an official curriculum.
My mother started me in school at age 5, and with an August birthday, I was one of the youngest in my class. The cool deal then was a new program called “Reading Readiness,” which was a grade between kindergarten and first grade. If your child wasn’t holding their own in kindergarten, you could choose to give them an extra year without the stigma of holding them back. My mother chose this path for me (I think I may have been the kid eating glue in the corner), which flipped me to being one of the oldest kids in my class – I was 19 when I started college. I turned out okay.
My daughter (July birthday) is dying to start kindergarten. Her testing scores were really good and her teachers say she’s ready. Our assigned school (Beverly Woods Elementary) has a fantastic reputation and friends have recommended it.
On the flip side, I can see that having another year under her belt could bring her more maturity and confidence – and in the middle school years, that could be huge. She might be better at sports, although that’s not a focal point for us. Selfishly, we get another year with her in our house.
We have not made an official ruling yet. Anyone want to weigh in?