or can we talk about the pros and cons of "redshirting"?
My dd will turn 5 next July. In our area, the good public schools are magnets, and the application process started in September for next year. The public school we are zoned for is a failing school that has not met NCLB criteria for two years, so I believe we have two other (decent) elementary schools to choose from, but they would be quite a drive.
We started the application process for our preferred magnet school, but I'm concerned about whether DD will be ready for kindy next year. She is very bright and loves pre-school, so I'm not sure what my issue is beyond the fact that she will be barely 5.
The magnet school's hours are 9-4, which is 1/2 hour longer than when I went there for middle & high school in the 90s. At one of many required sessions before we can get an application for the lottery, a kindergarten teacher did a presentation about readiness and the K curriculum. She described research in the library, learning to read, and many many field trips and projects. She said she has four kids (out of twenty) who are reading at a 2nd grade level a month into kindy. The school seems to encourage parents to wait a year if they have any concerns about readiness. If we did get a spot for DD, we could defer for a year, but we would have to decide in January.
Frankly, what the kindergarten teacher was describing, while it sounded engaging and fun, did not sound like kindergarten to me. She even said, "kindergarten is not what it used to be," meaning that it is much more rigorous than in the past.
My main issue is that I want to set DD up for a positive school experience, and I'm wondering whether that will be more likely if she is a year older. This should probably not even be a factor, but she is also incredibly tall. She wears size 6x/7 at age four. DH and I are both about 6', so it isn't a big shocker that we have tall kids, and I figure she will tower over her classmates whether she is 5 or 6 when she starts kindy.
Does anyone have experience dealing with this issue? As a parent? A teacher? Links to good articles on the subject?