mum of 3 boys aged 11, 13 and 14
Sandie with Dylan 8yrs. Carlo 14 weeks
mum of 3 boys aged 11, 13 and 14
I think ultimately it will be up to you to decide if they are mature enough or not.
I am personally born towards end of May, and I was one of the youngest in my year group. I think the worst i suffered was when I finally got to university and I was still only 17 for almost the first half year (very hard when most of the socialising is done in a pub - or was that just the course I was in???)
I will be going though the same with my eldest son. he is born at the end of April. He is also a really really tall boy (tallest in his preschool group, but also one of the youngest). I think it would be socially stigmatising for him to be kept down, he would be even taller than those in the year below. on a positive note, he is going to full time preschool at daycare and based on his behaviour and aptitude there I think he will do fine at school.
For me it would be easier to keep him in daycare for another year as his baby brother will be starting daycare then, but easy for me, wrong for him...
good luck with your choice.
It definately depends on the child. My DS now 15 started when he was 4. His B/day is april 7th. I do not believe there was a chance I could have held him back he was ready for school for sure. The only problems I found was that he had a little bit of trouble socially due to the age difference. That got better with time though. Now he is in yr10 at H/S and is doing some yr11 subjects. He gets along well with all age groups considering there is a 2yr age gap b/w some of the kids in his class. He is doing fantastic with his school work. My kids both started at catholic primary school but I changed them to public when my DS was is grade 4 and my DD in grade 2. I feel that every child is different and it does not matter what school you send them to or when you start them. In the end only you know what is best for your child and how they will cope.
Rachel mum to DS15, DD13, DS#2 22mths and bubEDD 6/12/07
Lori,Callym 27/03/03,Jayke 25/10/06,Tyler 28/12/07
I held my eldest son back a year (he is now 13) and also my second son (he is now 8)and I have no regrets. I consulted with my second sons pre-school teacher and it was on her recommendation that he be held back a year to mature. He is in grade 2 and doing very well.
I think if your boys are in pre-school, I'd speak to their teacher and see what she/he thinks.
I felt that if I started them and they had to repeat kindy and then watch the little friends they made go on ahead to first grade, I'd feel horrible. I wanted to make sure they were ready and with my first son, he was busting to get to school by the 2nd half of the year. He was bored and needed challenging and he took to school like a duck to water!
Hope this has been helpful and I have not raved on and on .....
Voluptuous mum to 5 boys!
including 7.5 month twins, Charlie & Harry
i am a preschool teacher, and studying diploma in childrens services
through my knowledge and my own exprience ( my son started school this year (april boy ) turned 6 this year in april
it is better to hold them back
9 i liaise with head of kindyall the time - this is a widespread opinion of teachers and preschool teachers.
plenty of reasons. they dont really cope with it at all at a younger age and are susseptible to bullying etc, hope this helps only my opinion :)good luck with your decision