We homeschool now, but my 4.5 year old will be school aged for the fall. The cut off is the begining of December, and he has a September 30th birthday. He's tiny, has a speech delay, would still be four at the begining of the school year, and seems to be a bit behind socially and with his fine motor skills. If we were doing public school, I would definitely wait for him for another year. However, my oldest son missed the kindy cut off by about 6 weeks, and I really wish he had been able to go. By the time the next year rolled around, he was bored and eventually he skipped a grade. I think waiting that extra year made school much more challenging and difficult. My dd has a June bday, and while she didn't go to kindergarten at all, I can't imagine having held her back an extra year if we were going the school route. So, I guess my answer is that it really depends very heavily on your individual child. Both of my older kids were very independant at a very young age and very academic minded, while my youngest is much more clingy and emotionally volatile.
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4/28/10 at 1:51am