Is Your Child Ready for Kindergarten?

Just because a chid is the correct age, it might not mean the child is ready for that big step.

This week, the Malibu Patch Moms Council asks: If your child is of legal age, is it appropriate to start your child in Kindergarten? Or should you wait another year? What are other parents with children the same age doing and why?

If lots of parents are red-shirting their kids, it may suggest that there's a problem with what the school is expecting of the children. Or do parents have unrealistic expectations about school readiness and the transition to new learning environments? 

We want to hear from parents who have children of Kindergarten age or near it. And we also want to hear from parents whose children are past that age. What did you do, and how did it affect your child? What advice do you have for other parents?

Share your thoughts in the comments section below.

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Laura Zahn Rosenthal May 20, 2011 at 03:21 PM
This is what I tell people. You will meet lots of parents that regret sending their child to school too early but you will NEVER meet a parent that regrets waiting.
Jonathan Friedman May 20, 2011 at 03:59 PM
I agree with Laura.
Wendy Sidley May 21, 2011 at 03:12 PM
We did not wait when sending our kids to kindergarten and it worked out. Obviously not all kids are ready, but most are. You know your kid, so you are the only one that can make the decision. But in saying that, don't let YOUR anxiety stop your kid from going at the appropriate time. They will survive and there are plenty of adults at school who are there to help them transition.
Kim Friedman May 21, 2011 at 04:54 PM
As a retired Preschool, Kindergarten and 1st Grade teacher of more than 25 years, I believe that I have some insight on this question. In my preschool years I was always asked, " Is my child ready to go to Kindergarten," at the end of the year conference. The answer was most frequently a positive one, but at times it was a resounding NO!! Kindergartens have become increasingly academic in the years since I began teaching. If your child has poor fine motor skills it can be a very difficult year as cutting, forming letters and shapes and holding a pencil are integral parts of the day in a classroom. The same conference held at the end of a Kindergarten year requires a child who can sit at a desk, associate letters and sounds,and follow simple instructions and rules. If a child does not meet these basic requirements then First Grade may well be a struggle as will the grades to follow. There is no shame in holding a child back in his or her early childhood years if it is recommended by the teacher and agreed on by the parent. However, doing so because a parent feels it will give the child an advantage later on in school can be a mistake. Boredom in the classroom can be as detrimental as a lack of readiness.
Kay Gabbard May 23, 2011 at 07:21 PM
Great and timely topic. Obviously no one answer fits all kids and families. Trusting in your child's Kindergarten teacher's input is an important dimension of this issue. They have the opportunity to see your child in the context of a group of children who your child will be interacting with for many years to come. I also believe that no decision is completely final and irreversible and we should not let this fear drive our final thoughts. Our schools are filled with professionals who want your children to succeed!


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