Juliet has an August birthday, so she is one of the youngest in her class. She complains about being younger because she's at the age when those things matter, and she wants to be 6 like the other kids, but she thrived in kindergarten so I know it's the right thing. She loves learning, she loves all the social stuff, and she can't wait for first grade.
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For me personally, I try very hard to keep them on par with the local private schools. Everyone is going to be different though.
I know you were just throwing numbers out, but is there a discrepancy of more than a year or two usually?
I always assumed that the beauty of homeschooling was that you could move at the childs pace.....so like, if your child was moving quickly you could progress more quickly than the average school year. I didn't realize that you had to stick so rigidly to school like schedules.
Just curious, but if you buy a pre made curriculum why do so many hours go into lesson planning?
Here kids start the year they are 5 and I am fine with that. Like any cut off there are going to be younger or older kids. Kaiya will be starting at 4 and half and she is more than ready for it. Her sister started at 5 and half (Feb birthday) and probably could have started earlier as she was bored for the first few years of school. I do wish there was a way to actually assess kids skill and maturity level so it was based on that and not age. It just seems so arbitrary and kids aren't like that.
On the subject of bored kids in school - I know some parents do prep for kindergarten and try to teach their kids as much as possible before school to give them a head start. I wonder if this is beneficial. Or is it detrimental for kids to start with more knowledge than their peers? Does that just lead to bored disruptive children? I think it may have for DSD and it took years for school to become hard for her so she was constantly in trouble for talking because she was bored. Now that school is harder she has to focus and doesn't have as much time for talking.
There are many homeschoolers that move ahead as they finish the work. When that happens, you have kids graduating HS at 15 years old. I do not do that. I do one grade per school year. That way when they do go to school later they will be the same age as their classmates. If we finish early we supplement in extra work to reinforce the skills.
You will find as many different ways to homeschool as there are homeschoolers.
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