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November 21 2011 at 3:33 AM
Renata  (Login doglvr)
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Response to Wondering if DS is advanced for his age (X-post on DE board)


My DD will be 5 in Jan. and her teacher describes her as a "smart cookie". She definitely would have been ready academically for kindergarten this past Sept. She creates "patterns" with everything, has somehow taught herself addition facts, prints all of her letters beautifully, knows all the sounds to the letters of the alphabet and is sounding out words and spelling everything, etc. Tonight she counted to 100; I didn't even know she could do that. Her vocab has always been ahead of schedule. I'm a learning specialist and she has long been able to do what many kids taking our kindergarten entrance exam at a private school could not do. HOWEVER...even though she is very social and very smart, I don't think she would have been ready emotionally for kinder. It's just a big step for a little child and my particular child has enough anxiety and challenge with transitions (at home, not at school) that I think that her entering at 5.8 will be much better for her. Not that we had a choice, but...It's hard when your child has a cut-off birthday to decide what is best, but I think it's really important to consider emotional maturity and overall "readiness". There are lots of enriching activities you can do with him at home (my DH initiates things like mazes, fairly difficult card games, etc. and can even come close to beating DH at backgammon) to keep him stimulated even if you postpone kindergarten a bit.

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