I could really use some advice. My youngest son turned 5 this week and we were planning to do a year of preschool but are wondering if we should start him in Kindergarten instead.
Let me back up a bit. His older brother will be 8 in April and is in first grade. When he was 4, my husband's job took our family out of state from Sept-Dec of that year, so we opted to start preschool the following year and start kindergarten when he was 6. It has actually worked out great with my oldest son. He does really well in school, is well adjusted with other kids, etc.
We assumed we would do the same thing with our youngest son, but now I'm really having second thoughts. I'm quite certain he would be ready for the academics of kindergarten and he is already big for his age so I don't want him to feel out of place if we wait and start when he's 6. On the other hand, when we do classes or library story hour he frequently speaks out of turn, doesn't want to sit still, etc. and I think a year of preschool could be helpful to work on listening, paying attention, social interaction, etc. Also, considering his brother went to a great Montessori preschool and started Kindy at age 6, I don't want to give my youngest son any disadvantage by skipping preschool. And they are 3 years apart, but if my youngest starts Kindergarten this year they will only be 2 years apart in school.
Thanks for listening. Any thoughts would be truly appreciated.