When my son Zachary was born in mid-August of 2007, I was blissfully unaware that four and a half years later we would be thrust head first into the debate about starting Kindergarten or keeping him in Preschool for another year. His older brother was only 2 1/2 at the time of his birth, so Kindergarten wasn’t something I was thinking about at all at the time.
But as the time approached for Dylan to start Kindergarten it occurred to me that Zachary would be turning 5 at that awkward time of year that would make him eligible for Kindergarten enrollment, but would also make him one of the youngest kids in his class. Add to that the fact that he had a fairly significant speech delay and I had resigned myself to the fact that he would be spending an extra year in preschool.
Although, over the past year it has become obvious that Zachary is more than ready to start Kindergarten in August. My biggest hang up was his speech issues, but he has made incredible improvements and his speech therapists have made it clear that they don’t think it will be an issue for him at all. He has spent the past two years watching his older brother work on his alphabet and numbers, so I feel like he’s definitely on par with those lessons, and he can definitely hold his own around the “bigger” kids, so I don’t feel as if he’ll be at a social disadvantage. If his personality is any indication, he’ll probably rule the playground.
At this point, my biggest concern is making sure that he is placed with a teacher that will embrace his unique personality, and encourage it, instead of trying to make him a little more mainstream. And also, even though it would never be a deciding factor, not having preschool tuition sounds pretty awesome, I must say. Although I’m not excited about the stacks of paperwork I have sitting in front of me!
Nichole wrote recently about how she is struggling with the decision about whether or not to send her daughter to Kindergarten this year. So I want to know, was it an easy decision for you? In the long run, do you feel like you made the correct choice?
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