DS just made 5 and is already the oldest of his classmates who are from 2 to 4 years old (he is 9 months older than the next oldest kid). In a few months, all the current 3 and 4 year olds will be leaving. Only the 2-almost 3- year old will be staying. It is a very small private school (last year had only 7 in the class, this year there are only 5 of them).
The other children are leaving to go to regular Japanese kindergarten. The only reason the 2 year old is staying is because of his personality. His mama likes that this small international school is currently in the process of transitioning into an (internationally approved) Montessori school since her son would not thrive well in the typical Japanese group-style learning atmosphere. The director of the preschool has been taking training, and is looking to hire a Montessori trained teacher and train a current teacher. But in the meantime, it is not a fully Montessori style environment.
When new kids enter this preschool, they are 2-1/2 to 3 years old.
I originally sent DS here when he was 3 years old because 1) it is English speaking (we live in Japan) and 2) for DS to get socialization.
But socializing with much younger kids for the past year (and now for the upcoming year - starts in April) is not what I had expected for him. (When DS first entered the preschool, there were a mix of kids and he was not the oldest).
Should I be worried? Would you be worried?