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Is Your Child Ready to Start Kindergarten? … Part 1 (of 4)

Wednesday, January 5th, 2011

3 a.m the day kindergarten begins... with a "newly repaired" cut off toe!

5 hrs. later for the 1st day of school

This may seem like the wrong time of year to be talking about this, however, it came up recently as I overheard a newly pregnant woman talking with a friend about how she and her husband had planned their pregnancy so that their child would be born before the cut-off date of the kindergarten they were hoping to get into. In 5 years!

I wish this were an isolated incident, but it is not. I have been with numerous women who have wanted to have their labors induced so that they could give birth in time for their child to meet the cut-off! You know that I can’t NOT say something about this.

My Alexander has just turned 10 and is in the 4th grade. This makes him nearly 6 months older than some of the other kids in his class. This was not an intentional decision. I actually don’t remember what the cut off for entering kindergarten was, I only remember that he was past it. So – it was never an issue of concern for us.

Kindergarten readiness is more important than you may think.  It isn’t only about your child’s age or whether he or she can read or write. It is also about their emotional readiness, their ability to communicate and adapt to new situations.

Tomorrow I’ll talk about why kindergarten readiness is so important and if there are any benefits to delaying when a child begins.

Have something to add ? — please comment below!

Coming Up – Part 2 of 4   Why Is Kindergarten Readiness So Important?

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