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I am not sure what to do with my daughter.Her B'day is on Oct 11.She is 5 and going to Montessori attending kindergaten this year.But next year I want to be her in First grade at least.Here in ILLinois cutoff date is september 1st.But she already know how to read,doing already 2nd grade math.I hate to hold her back.Any suggestions to fight with scholl District and push her next year first grade.
I have three children with june birthdays. I had to fight for months to get my oldest child in first grade because his birthday was 17 days to late. We ended up moving to another city just so he could start school. It was the best thing I could have done. He was in a quality preschool program that also taught kindergarten (but it was not accredited by the state) and was already reading so how could I put him in kindergarten at the public school learning 1+1 and learning to identify letters and thier sounds?? I live in a very sports oriented town and my child was small for his age. I believe this was the biggest reason for them not wanting him in first grade. He is now 21 and in his last year of college at purdue and has always done great in school. How would he have done had I left him in kindergarten at 6 years old. He probably would have lost interest and come to hate school. I have also dealt with this with my second child and we once again moved and she was able to go ahead and enter kindergarten with a june birthday. She has also done well in school and is now in high school. I will also be dealing with this again in four years and because i have a one year old with a june birthday ( we were trying to have him by may so as to not deal with this issue but couldn't get pregnant in time). I will also do everything i can to get him in school and if it means moving then so be it. Why would i want my child to wait a year to start their education, I would rather send them and if they struggle I will hold them back at least it will not be a year wasted. Statistics show that stating a childs education at age five is already to late.
During my 9 years of teaching, I have taught kindergarten, first, and third grade. I am considering holding my own son with a summer birthday out for a year, not because I want him to have an advantage over the other students, but because I believe the elementary curriculum (in response to state testing performance requirements) has become developmentally inappropriate for most children. I am torn because I do acknowledge the fact that the youngest children would be at further disadvantage when other parents hold their children out. However, my child would be one of the youngest if I don't do it. I would rather give my child more time to mature and be prepared for today's academic challenges of not just kindergarten but every grade. As a side note, I have seen many children, who excelled in kindergarten and first grade, begin to struggle as the curriculum becomes even more demanding in third grade. I have also seen them develop a dislike for school at this age because of the difficult content. Maybe the answer is to pressure the department of ed. to listen to experts and implement age appropriate testing standards. I don't know any teachers who think the current testing is appropriate. It is truly damaging our educational system and more importantly, our children. If I had to make this decision 20 years ago, I would absolutely send him on time, but unfortunately, today's public schools, are not the same, and therefore, the starting age may not be the same for every child.
My daughter started K when she was 4, she turned 5 on Sept. 24. We started her because she had been in an international preschool in Japan for 2 years and was already reading. She has done great and is entering 3rd grade at a 6th grade reading level. We are moving to Germany now and they REFUSE to put her in third grade at the International School. The cut off date there is Sept. 1 for students of ALL grades, K thru 12. They start school Aug 12, and we still dont' have a decision from them if they will make a "compromise" with our daughter. They have her report cards, but can't pin it down to her grades of course. Just her being "too young" by missing the cut off date by 23 days. So being in limbo now for almost a month, until they make a decision.
What is wrong with giving your child the best chance to succeed in academics or athletics? Performing well in athletics can have a positive influence in a kid's life and future and if a scholarship is the outcome---then those parents succeeded.
I think the most important issue that is being overlooked is the future of the child. I have a daughter with a late June birth and I want to hold her back. As a High School teacher I see how difficult life can be and with an extra year, my daughter will be better prepared emotionally to deal with any issues. I have trouble thinking that my daughter would be graduating high school before her 18th birthday. What is the rush? Let her build self esteem and character and the extra academic year could only hope. Don't most parents want their children to be able to go to a college of their choice?
i am a current college student doing an argumentive research paper on the subject i have just listed. and i believe the age requirement should be changed for the city of Chicago. mty main reason is i believe it is unfair for children to be left behind because of their date of birth. then it leads to the concern is the board of education more concerned on the academics of a child for them to succeed or are they more concerned about age. what is more important the child or isseus that are not so huge?
Is kindergarten required in Indiana? My grandson just finished kindergarten and his Mother was told he needed to take it over next year. He is quick to learn but where he falls short is in the concentration part. Why is it up to the teacher whether he takes it next year again and not up to the parents?
True story: here is a conversation I heard between my daughter, Janie, and her friend, Sydney. Both in first grade but Sydney is one year older. They had just figured out that they are a year apart:
Sydney "So, you got to go to school when you were 5?"
Janie "Yes. Didn't you? Why aren't you in 2nd grade this year:
Sydney "I don't know. My parent thought I wasn't ready when I was 5."
Janie "How come you weren't ready? You didn't have school supplies or something?"
Sydney "No. I wasn't smart enough, I guess. You must be smarter than me."
As parents, we can sit and argue this topic to no end, but I thought this was an interesting child's perspective. If you hold your child back, you need to consider the fact that at some point you will have to explain your decision to him/her. I"m sure most of you already have an explanation in mind, but please realize that it might not hold much weight if he already has it in his head that you didn't think he was smart enough to go to school on time. I'm not saying that nobody should hold their child back. I'm just saying that you should have a really good reason for doing so, because there will be some sort of backlash. The pros should outweigh the cons.
I am frankly just annoyed that we, as parents, are put in this position. A previous poster made a very good point that we should have a solid cut-off. Not this blurred line. If you are 5 by the cut-off, you go to school. Unless there are special circumstances, of course. The next poster argued that this is unfair because an Aug. 31 child should be allowed, but not a Sep. 2? Well, yes. YOU JUST HAVE TO DRAW THE LINE SOMEWHERE! Sure, you would have kids in class together who are almost a year apart, but we currently have kids in class together who are 18 months apart! It's out of control! If your child comes to you someday and asks why he started school at 6 instead of 5, what answer would you rather give him - "we didn't think you were ready" or "You barely missed the cut-off?"
As you make the decision to send your child to school, don't even consider the birth month. Consider whether they are ready. I seriously doubt that a child is EVER a "poor reader" because he is a few months younger than his classmates. Face it, some kids are just "poor readers". Even some that were born in February!
As a person who has given kindergarten screenings in the past, it is my opinion that academics are rarely the reason a child is not ready to enter kindergarten at 5. There are attenion, social, rule-following, problem solving and coping skills to think about- these are the skills that many children, who are not ready at 5, display to a greater extent at 6. Skills even out much more by 2-3rd grade.
Yes, children have a wide range of skills when they start kindergarten, either at 5 or 6. The student who is READY can manage the diversity of this environment, and can effectively deal with older and younger peers.
It should not be about "stacking the deck" or about "giving my child an advantage over others". The decision should be made on an individual basis -no matter when the birthday falls. If a student cannot be successful in both the academic AND the non-academic components of kindergarten, then they should wait to go.