I'm having a pre-school dilemma... it's sign-up time for Sept and pre-schools are really competitive around here, I need to get my act together!
My dd's b'day is 12-24-00, the cut-off for the school year in NY is Dec 1. So when she goes to school, she'll be among the oldest. But now she's just 3, and she's in pre-school, and I'm trying to figure out what to do. She's currently in a 3's class (ie ahead of her strict school year) and doing great, she can do everything, participates, is happy and well-adjusted as far as I can see. She's somewhat advanced in her language and things like puzzles, matching games, is getting into spelling etc.. so it makes sense right now for her to be in with the older kids I think. The question is when should she repeat? Because I do think she should be in the proper class in school, I was always the youngest kid and suffered socially, also the NY date is quite late compared to the rest of the nation.
One of my friends is all full of doom and gloom about what will happen if I put her in the 4's class in Sept (with the intention of her doing a half-day pre-school-based kindy the next year, and then public school full-day kindy the year after). She'll find it really hard, be put off school, be stressed, all the 'real' 4's will be way ahead of her etc. Do any of you have any experience that you could share to help me out with this? I just don't want my kid to be bored... she gets really annoying when she's bored! :-)