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    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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    Quote Originally Posted by Potter75 View Post
    I don't understand why its an issue that you are worried about now, Bonita. Wouldn't you just do as much work as the child/ren are capable of now (like, you don't hold them back from work if they are capable of moving forward, do you?) and consider what grade level they are at if/when you are actually considering putting them into the school system? It just seems like worrying about something way too far in advance.
    I buy a pre-made curriculum. Unless we skipped a year or held back at some point it would be just the same as if we were putting her in normal school. What graduating class she is in now is the same graduating class she will be in all the way through unless she skipped a grade or was held back a grade.
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    If a child is homeschooled and then wants to move to a public school, do they have to do placement testing?
    That depends greatly on the State and school system. Regardless of how far ahead a student is academically they will not put them ahead of their age most places. They may however hold them back. In the Kindergarten age I believe they would go on birthday regardless of where they are academically. Beyond Kindergarten they would do a placement test. They would not put a 15 year old back into the first grade or very far behind. They would put them with their peers and then put them in remedial classes.

    For me personally, I try very hard to keep them on par with the local private schools. Everyone is going to be different though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AlyssaEimers View Post
    I buy a pre-made curriculum. Unless we skipped a year or held back at some point it would be just the same as if we were putting her in normal school. What graduating class she is in now is the same graduating class she will be in all the way through unless she skipped a grade or was held back a grade.


    That depends greatly on the State and school system. Regardless of how far ahead a student is academically they will not put them ahead of their age most places. They may however hold them back. In the Kindergarten age I believe they would go on birthday regardless of where they are academically. Beyond Kindergarten they would do a placement test. They would not put a 15 year old back into the first grade or very far behind. They would put them with their peers and then put them in remedial classes.

    For me personally, I try very hard to keep them on par with the local private schools. Everyone is going to be different though.
    Would anything else happen? I would think a 15 YO testing at the 1st grade level would be something the state would investigate. In a case like that, there wouldn't have been any schooling (home or otherwise) or there would be something else going on mentally.

    I know you were just throwing numbers out, but is there a discrepancy of more than a year or two usually?

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    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?
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    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.
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    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.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ethanwinfield View Post
    Would anything else happen? I would think a 15 YO testing at the 1st grade level would be something the state would investigate. In a case like that, there wouldn't have been any schooling (home or otherwise) or there would be something else going on mentally.

    I know you were just throwing numbers out, but is there a discrepancy of more than a year or two usually?
    It was a random number to throughout. I was actually thinking of a special needs student that DH worked with in the past. He was in Public School his whole life but was very behind. Regardless if he passed academically they would not let him fail more than twice so he was not way older than his classmates.
    Quote Originally Posted by Potter75 View Post
    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?
    Because everything comes separately. I copy everything I am going to do for each child each subject down into a lesson book. Not everyone does it this way (few do), but I find it much easier for me. It also helps me to know all of the material. There will also always me adjustments made. I also tear everything out of the workbooks and stapel things together. For example everything for lesson 1 is stapled together. Everything for lesson 2 is stapled together.

    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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    I wanted to add that it does not matter what curriculum you buy, they are all going to have prep work involved.

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    Me again I also wanted to add that you can slow down to work on an area that needs work and go faster through things that do not, at the same time keeping them overall in the right grade according to their age.

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    Quote Originally Posted by freddieflounder101 View Post
    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.
    OH the things they worry about at 5/6. Mia came home so upset one day because her name only has 3 letters. She was so sad because she didnt have to practice writing it very much. We solved this by having her write Mia Aubrey and then she was fine! The day she came home upset because she is the shortest in class we could not fix it as easily
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