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    Quote Originally Posted by Danifo View Post

    I started school overseas and they started early so I was 4. When we left, we traveled for 10 months and when we came back to North America, I started school in my age appropriate year and was one of the oldest. If we hadn't traveled, i would have been a year ahead and one of the youngest. I have a January birthday and i had a good friend growing up who was born 2 weeks before me but in the next grade. The next person in my grade was born in May. Growing up I thought that was weird.
    I have a niece 6 months older then me, we were born in the same year and cutoff was Dec 31 but my sister put her in early and so she was a year ahead of me at school...

    My SIL had her triplets do an extra year of preschool as she felt they were not ready for kindergarten. Turned out all 3 boys have different learning disabilities.
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    The curriculum that I use is academically challenging. It has you reading simple words by the end of pre-school. This is also the curriculum that many of the private schools around here use, so if she were to go to private school the following year, it would be expected that going into Kindergarten that you were at least ready to go right into reading.

    One possibility I might do, is to do K4 this year, then if she is not ready for Kindergarten the following year, to repeat the grade.

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    Put them in as late as possible. For the State for homeschooling - they have ages for the grades.. IE First Grade OR 7years old. So For state regs my 10yo is actually in 4th grade this year.. However he is doing way different work than 4th grade, he is way ahead in Math, further ahead in things like geography,science, religion, history and art.. And he is a little behind in Spelling, and about 4th grade level in reading (he is dyslexic).

    I would do the same if public schooling. If I could avoid Kindergarten I would.. If I couldn't homeschool at all I would put the boys in late if they had a cut off.. It is better to skip a grade later on than be held back. I would totally be open to shifting grades around. When I was in school I had the choice to skip, I should have done it with a friend of mine, but chose not to. Looking back I should have skipped, as I found public school very boring, and still got nearly straight A's with the hardcore classes.

    For homeschooling I will never "skip" a grade according to state reporting I don't think.. Unless I want them out of highschool and fulltime into college, but they can take both concurrently, and our local community college is great about having Nontraditional students.

    You do not have to "slow down" children that homeschool... Let them learn, feed them as much info as they can handle, and advance them at their pace but with a little push .. One on one education is just that. WE don't have to settle for a status quo, and we do not have to be burdened with all the bureaucratic crap that ps teachers must do.
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    I think it really depends on the kid. They do kindergarten screening here so they will tell you if they think your child isn't ready. Until then, I don't think it matters that much.
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    Laurie I think that is amazing. We have talked about doing that at the private school I teach at, but it has yet to be implemented. We have a few this year in DD3's class that are just not quite ready and they are all frustrated. I would rather a kid start a little late and not feel that frustration, a bad start to school could be detrimental to their whole schooling story
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    Quote Originally Posted by mom3girls View Post
    Laurie I think that is amazing. We have talked about doing that at the private school I teach at, but it has yet to be implemented. We have a few this year in DD3's class that are just not quite ready and they are all frustrated. I would rather a kid start a little late and not feel that frustration, a bad start to school could be detrimental to their whole schooling story
    Yeah, I think it's great. They have the actual kindergarten teachers and the principal spend time with each kid, and they have substitutes teaching that day. They evaluate the kids for quite some time, one-on-one, and then make recommendations. They also have a little area for the kids who are waiting to play together, to see how they interact. It's super cute.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rivergallery View Post

    WE don't have to settle for a status quo

    Hm. Could you expand on what exactly you mean?
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    Quote Originally Posted by freddieflounder101 View Post
    Yeah, I think it's great. They have the actual kindergarten teachers and the principal spend time with each kid, and they have substitutes teaching that day. They evaluate the kids for quite some time, one-on-one, and then make recommendations. They also have a little area for the kids who are waiting to play together, to see how they interact. It's super cute.

    We have this as well, but not to determine readiness, necessarily, but all day vs. half day placement. It was one morning in July for about an hour, they call them assessments, the kindy teachers and the reading specialists do them, not the principal. They also spend the first three days of the school year evaluating students for capabilities and social abilities, and group students into three ability levels, and then mix the three classrooms with the three ability levels, so that the classrooms each have a mix of each "type" of student. We didn't know who my sons teacher would be until that third day. They only do this for kindy.

    Most students get 1/2 day kindy, a small percentage get sent to the full day program. My sons kindy class is 15 students, 1 child was sent into the full day program (these kids are actually bussed to a different school). Based on spring evals children are also offered free summer school for those that are not yet reading or are falling behind, I think that it is a 6 week program, like 5 days/week from 9-12 or so. I do love our school district.

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    15 kids in kindy? Wow, I would love that! My kids would still be in public school if class sizes were that small. DD2 is the only one that was in kindy in public school and she had 28 in her class, with only instructional aid time 2 days a week.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mom3girls View Post
    15 kids in kindy? Wow, I would love that! My kids would still be in public school if class sizes were that small. DD2 is the only one that was in kindy in public school and she had 28 in her class, with only instructional aid time 2 days a week.
    That is insane, Robbie's kinder class had 17 with a full-time aid. Grade 1 he went up to 19 kids and for grade 2 he is at 20 kids. And that is in a public school. With only a teacher in the classroom provincial standards are:

    Junior kindergarten to grade 3 - 17 students
    Grades 4 to 6 - 23 students
    Grades 7 to 9 - 25 students
    Grades 10 to 12 - 27 students.
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