I scanned through a couple of pages and only saw questions about whether children should be held back for a year, so sorry if this has already been asked and answered.
My son's birthday is two weeks *after* the cutoff date for our school district. However, the district has a provision for 4.5 year olds to enter kindy early if they jump through a series of testing hoops, and my mother-in-law (who teaches gifted elem. and is national board certified) thinks we should. I am conflicted.
On the one hand, he essentially taught himself to read before he turned four, and is very bright and loves his (play-based) preschool. He'd love to go to school every day and it would be nice to not spend $$$ every month for preK tuition. I certainly don't want him to be bored in school - he loves learning and school now, I'm afraid of that souring if he's made to wait while other kids catch up.
On the other hand, his emotional maturity is average for his age and some of his motor skills are average or a smidge below. He loves his preschool and could go another year (since he is one of the oldest in his class, they have another year waiting for them before most go to Kindy). I'm afraid of his souring on school if he's pushed too hard, too fast.
Ideas? Personal experiences? Anything? I'm really floundering here . . .