To wait or not to wait a year to begin school
October 2, 2013 10:00 AM Subscribe
My son will turn five next year at the end of August. Our plan is that he'd start elementary school next year as well. The question of whether we should wait a year or not for him to start has come up. I'm looking for advice on how to answer that question.
posted by vega to education (21 answers total) 5 users marked this as a favorite
Frankly, I don't even know how to judge if he's "ready" or not. My opinion is that, in general, kids even if they aren't "ready", they catch up quickly in things like learning their ABCs and counting to 100 or whatever; and that the focus at early age should be more towards an "emotional education", interacting with other kids and so on. But a lot of people tell me I'm just wrong.
If you have the option of delaying the start, how do you judge if a kid is ready for school? if you've waited a year for your kid to start school, was it worth it? why?
Not sure if it matters: we're in Northern California. He goes to child care two days a week (montessori), and other activities (soccer, gymnastics, swimming classes).