Thinking of holding your child back next year? If your child has a summer birthdays you might be thinking about him/her repeating a year of Pre-Kindergarten around this time of year. Save this list to consider around May of this year.
Is your child ready for the expectations of Kindergarten?
Does your child… share, cooperate with other children, take turns, follow 2 and 3 step directions?
Research confirms that all children held back or pushed forward arrive at the same relative academic place by third grade.
Does your child know most of their letters and the sounds they make out of order?
Can they write their first name?
Being able to read at age 5 is not a Kindergarten requirement or expectation. Readiness comes at different points for all children.
Is your child able to count to 20?
Can your child draw a triangle? Research suggests that a child is ready to read when they can draw a triangle.
Size- How will holding your child back affect his/her self-esteem compared to children a grade level younger or older with your decision?
Extra-curricular- Team sports supported by Malcolm Gladwell's Outliers, is one area where being the oldest gives children a competitive edge- Is this reason alone enough to hold a child back from a year of academic potential stimulation?
Know your child, their excitement about learning, ability to listen, follow directions, and have a positive experience.
Share your thoughts on retaining children? When is it appropriate? When should you take a chance? Success stories either way?