My son's birthday is June, and last year we had a difficult time deciding to send him to kindergarten or not. We did, in a community school in a K-1-2 blend. He was in my home preschool until his 5th birthday, and I knew he was ready for something else. He was too old for other preschools so I sent him to kindy. He LOVES school, is tall, sturdy, social, and extremely enthusiastic. He's happy as a clam being in kindergarten. I'm not sure he'll be so happy and confident as a 1st grader, staying until 3 and doing a lot of writing work. His teacher says we need to work on letter recognition because he only has a handful of letters and numbers, and hasn't been able to memorize the ABC song.
I have four close friends whose boys are all his age, with birthdays from May to September, and they all chose to wait on kindergarten another year, either homeschooling them or sending them to an expensive Waldorf kindy for kids 4-6 years old. Neither of those options were available to us. Now I'm regretting not trying harder to come up with an alternative to him going to kindy so young. I was very young for my class and it was very hard once the girls were developing and I was still playing with dolls!
So do we work on these things and push through, even though he doesn't have the attention for it? Or do we ask to allow him to repeat kindergarten? He would still be in the class with his current buddies as it's mixed-age, and knows a couple kids who are coming into kindergarten next year.
What are the negative effects repeating kindy could cause? After his initial confusion, wouldn't he just go with it?
Thanks for your input!