[QUOTE=hotmamacita]Yeah, I hear kindergarteners go a full day AND have daily homework and need to be reading by the end of it.
This is true! I taught kindergarten last year and was EXPECTED to give them math AND reding homework nightly. I was also expected to fail several children who were not reading at a 1.2 grade level, were not writing sentences, and did not know their numbers 1-100!
If I were to keep my kids home until first grade, could I put them in first grade without a problem or has kindergarten become a mandatory academic year in the US and would I have to 'account' for it.
This varies from state to state. I know it is NOT mandatory in CT, but I also know they will automatically TRY to place your child into Kindergarten if they have no previous schooling when you enroll them. You often have to request placement testing to get them into first grade.