Waiting on Kindergarten?

by Michelle
(California)

Our just turned 5 (1st of July) girl is a sensory seeker. Her preschool teacher informed us in June she would benefit from another year of small class PreK/KinderTransition than to head to Kindergarten.


She is bright but has difficulty with leaving me, she squeezes her friends to tight, rams into kids, has difficulty transitioning from one thing to the next in class, runs and hides or cries when a teacher or us raise our voice at her.

We will be starting therapy next week but unsure about Kindergarten. Do we start her at 5 or 6? She may be more emotionally ready at 6 but bored at the level of school work (she is spelling words, reading BOB books, adding and subtracting...led by her not me pushing it on her.)Or put her in at a little over 5 and work on social and coping skills. Her public K would be less than 20 kids and half day.
Anyone have experience with this?
Thank you

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Mar 14, 2013
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the gift of time
by: Anonymous

I am a kindergarten teacher & have a son with spd. Success in school has a lot to do with maturity & confidence. My son also is very bright but we will send.him to preschool kindergarten & then public school kindergarten. If he is so silly that he can't sit in his desk & disrupts the class then I question how much he is learning. Unfortunately most of the teachers I know say that all of problems become evident in 2nd to 3rd grade when the child truly falls behind. I will supplement his learning at home to keep him challenged.

Jan 31, 2013
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Kindergarten
by: Anonymous

I just recently had this question with my own daughter who is 4 now & suppose to enter kindergarten this August. My daughter is very immature but can recognize letters & even the sounds already. I have asked two different resources & they both told us with that combo to push her through. They both agreed that if it was reversed & academically she was lacking but maturity was greater then they would recommend holding her back. I know this is probably too late, but hope you figured out what worked best for you!

Aug 12, 2012
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Homeschool
by: Anonymous

My daughter sounds very similar to yours - academically advanced but emotionally immature. We chose to homeschool her for Kindergarten (and are planning to continue this year in 1st grade). This was a great way for us to give her the academic stimulation that she needed as well as custom design her activities. I know it's not an option for everyone, but it has worked well for us.

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