Will you have a chance to meet with potential K?November 21 2011 at 3:50 PM
|SusanOR (Login SusanOR)|
Response to Wondering if DS is advanced for his age (X-post on DE board)
What an adorable helper you have!
I can chime in with my recent experience.
DD is 5 -- she turned 5 9 days before the cut-off for K.
I never really considered holding her back -- her preschool teacher agreed. DD is highly verbal, and most people tell me she has a vocabulary about 1-2 years above her age.
Because of other factors in our district, we explored some magnet school options (still public) and lotteried into a Mandarin Immersion school, where she spends am in English, PM in Mandarin (full day K), as well as afterschool time at YMCA program. Net result: 2 teachers and one para-teacher (YMCA).
About 3 weeks into K, was chatting with teacher about para-teacher's concerns. Teacher (English) pointed out to me that because district cut off is 9/1, nearly half to two-thirds of DD's class will turn SIX before the end of December. (Her class is 2/3 girls but that's another story). Teacher reassured us that DD is just young, and expects that she will grow into the behaviors they hope to see. She was NOT worried at all.
Ok, so that's a long way of saying, if you can talk to teachers in the school in which you plan to enroll him and get their feel for it. Many schools here have an assessment period prior to opening to make sure kids are k-ready. I don't think you should make the decision without the input of people who a) know your boy and/or b) know the other children/curriculum specific to your school. I have tremendous respect for the experiences of the gals here, but each school system/demographic mix, has some differences. When we were touring schools in our area, with some other neighbors who are educators/SLPs and who have a boy, we discussed how the various teachers handle squirmy boys, variability among students, etc. Only then can you really assess what is the best option for your little guy.