Do I enter my son in kindergarden this fall or hold him back?

by Charlene
(Ohio)

My son is five years old. He has a late birthday in January, he has been diagnosed with SID since March 2009 He is receiving OT and speech therapy, he is very cognitively bright, but is easily distracted in a group setting.


His PreK teacher has made many strides this year with him, but I am uncertain what to do about kindergarten, should I keep him in Pre K another year or should I put him in kindergarten when he may not totally be socially ready even though he is cognitively ready. I have gotten mixed answers from the professionals. I am confused right now.

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Jun 08, 2009
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Kindergarten
by: Desiree

My 5 year old daughter started K this past year. I had a lot of concerns about her starting, but we have seen a huge turn around so far. We still have many hoops to jump through but all and all I am glad that we sent her. She is doing another year of K, which I think is great. She was only 4 when she started. You always have the option of half days as long as you have transportation. We have done this since April vacation and it has worked out. Good luck and remember this is your decision and don't let anyone else talk you out of what you think is best for your child.

Jun 07, 2009
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Held off on Kindergarten
by: Anonymous

My son's birthday is the end of October, and last year we opted to wait before enrolling him in Kindergarten. While we believe he was ready intellectually, he developed his speech late, which we later learned made him too shy to ask for help throughout preschool. We moved him to a more advanced Pre-K program with a strong physical program instead, and have never regretted it. We would rather have our son be the oldest in his class than fall farther behind his peers. He is comfortable in the age group he is with and we are certain that now his social and physical skills more closely approximate his intellect as he moves into Kindergarten this September.

May 18, 2009
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K
by: Anonymous

Our Pre-K experience was much worse than our kindergarten one. My daughter is 6 and is just finishing her K year. She too is very bright but I have worked with the teacher and principle with setting up things for her. The teacher is very structured and that helped us tremendously. The daily routine and structure made this year much easier than last year. I have asked to have my daughter sit at a table on the end where no one can touch or fidget with her. I have also requested to have her either in the front or the back on the line so no one is too close to her.

The teacher has been very helpful and I do communicate with her regularly. Although we do have trouble when we return to school after the holidays but the teacher knows that and deals with it accordingly.

Apr 21, 2009
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what I've read
by: Anonymous

I've read in a lot of yahoo groups about people holding their children w/ SID back and they have only raved about how good of decision it was. I would do the old pros & cons list for each decision and follow through. My son is finishing up K now and if I only knew then what I know now, I would have definitely made different decisions with his education. Good Luck

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