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    I can not remember if we have done this or not, but I would really like to know what you all have to say.

    Pretend with me that you have a child that will be 4 on September 11th. With that birthday you can decide as a parent when to put your child in school. Pretend also that it does not matter what grade they are in now, but later on they will be in a classroom with peers.

    Would you do k4 this year and kindergarten next year? They would be 4 almost 5 at the start of kindergarten. Thinking ahead to graduation they will be 17 almost 18 when they graduated. Or, would you do a readinessprogram this year and k4 next year? They would be 5 almost 6 at the start of kindergarten and 18 almost 19 at graduation.

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    Thank you. I knew I had posted it somewhere but could not remember if it was here or not.

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    OK, I have a follow-up question about school cut-off dates. Why do we have them? Why do we not just start all kids in kindergarten the year they turn five? There will always be some kids older and some kids younger, some a little more ready, others not quite so ready, but they all pretty much equalize over the course of the year. What is so special about September 2nd or November 1st?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Spacers View Post
    OK, I have a follow-up question about school cut-off dates. Why do we have them? Why do we not just start all kids in kindergarten the year they turn five? There will always be some kids older and some kids younger, some a little more ready, others not quite so ready, but they all pretty much equalize over the course of the year. What is so special about September 2nd or November 1st?
    I have no idea. It is also confusing because not all of the schools around here use the same cut off. It has been very stressful for me to decide because I know the decision will follow us throughout the rest of her schooling.

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    Its just a guideline to make it easy for parents. That said, a simple process seems unbearably complicated for some people, even with how clearly defined it is ~ can you imagine if there were no guidelines in place? Some parents head might explode.

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    I think they need a date, some kind of date. It's often random as to what the date is and I would hope most school boards would be willing to work with parents on it if necessary. But there has to be some sort of guideline.

    Anyway I think it totally depends on the kid. Some are ready earlier than others, some aren't.
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    It doesn't seem to make it easy for parents at all. It seems like a lot of parents whose kids' birthdays are near the cut-off date consider holding them back to give them an advantage the next year. And it's also not a guideline; cut-off dates are enforced pretty strictly in most public school districts as some friends of ours discovered; they moved mid-year from CA (with a 12/1 cut-off) to NJ (with an 10/1 cut-off) and their younger daughter had to sit out the rest of the school year; her late-October birthday made her ineligible to enroll in public school, and the fact that she was transferring made no difference. You also have parents whose kids have a late birthday who put their kids into private schools that will take a child they deem "ready for school" regardless of birthdate, or who homeschool for a year, and then transfer into public school for first grade when the public school legally has to take them because they've had a full year of school. It would be so much easier to say, across the board and across the country, if your child was born in 2008, they *will* start kindergarten this year.
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    I agree that there has to be some date. And really to say that you have to be a certain age before the beginning of the school year seems just a reasonable to me as saying you have to have turned that age by the end of the year. In some ways, it sounds like its even more logical.

    The nov. dates and whatnot seem somewhat more arbitrary but...it doesn't bother me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Spacers View Post
    It doesn't seem to make it easy for parents at all. It seems like a lot of parents whose kids' birthdays are near the cut-off date consider holding them back to give them an advantage the next year. And it's also not a guideline; cut-off dates are enforced pretty strictly in most public school districts as some friends of ours discovered; they moved mid-year from CA (with a 12/1 cut-off) to NJ (with an 10/1 cut-off) and their younger daughter had to sit out the rest of the school year; her late-October birthday made her ineligible to enroll in public school, and the fact that she was transferring made no difference. You also have parents whose kids have a late birthday who put their kids into private schools that will take a child they deem "ready for school" regardless of birthdate, or who homeschool for a year, and then transfer into public school for first grade when the public school legally has to take them because they've had a full year of school. It would be so much easier to say, across the board and across the country, if your child was born in 2008, they *will* start kindergarten this year.
    Kind of like how they say now "If your child was born before Sept. of 2008 they *will* start kindergarten this year"?

    Cecilia is born in January...very close to December. If they moved the schedule to where you suggest, i'm pretty certain there are parents in my position that would probably still send their kid to private school that first year..or whatever else to try to get them in earlier. Heck i could even see doing it myself. She is wicked smart and having her go a year earlier would be very convenient for me if i thought she could handle it come that time. Plus my best friend from high school was born in january and went to kindergarten early and its never affected her badly...she's one of the most successful and well adjusted people i know.

    I don't know. A cutoff date is a cutoff date. Sept 1st, Dec 31st...you are going to always have people on one side of that date or the other that will want to do things differently.
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