My twins will turn 5 in June and my plan has always been to hs for the minimum of k-1 (DH's idea to get them in the "system"). After learning of a friends decision to wait a year to enroll her DS, also with a June bday, in Kindergarten, I have been researching this idea and am coming to the conclusion that it would be best for my children as well. Not as much for now, but I am thinking of emotional development for junior high and high school.
My only hesitation to this idea is one of those deep rooted, illogical ideas gleaned from my childhood, which is that I don't want my children to be teased because they are older than their classmates, because people assume they were held back. Thinking it, typing it, I know it is silly, but I can't get it out of my head.
The reasons to wait a year are plentiful. They are my "firsts" and more naive and less experienced than many of their peers. They will be more emotionally mature, especially in middle and high school. They will graduate when they are 18 rather than 17. I like the idea that all of my children will be in high school together, my youngest has an Oct. birthday, so if the twins started kindergarten in the fall, they would graduate before he starts high school.
So my questions are, have you made the decision to delay kindergarten? If so did you hold off on kindergarten type curriculum? I was planning on using fiar in the fall, supplementing with phonics and math programs. I feel like if we delay kindy then I can be more relaxed and follow their lead. Honestly this idea has me in a tailspin, I'm a very black and white type personality, so it's a good stretch for me, but it's really hard.
Sorry for the lengthy post. TIA
Edited by wondertwins - 3/27/12 at 11:08pm