Our first-born was due towards the end of January, and before my mom even knew if it would be a boy or a girl (stereotypically, it does seem to matter when it comes to maturity and school), she all but begged me to “hold your child back” from starting kindergarten too young. It ended up that we had a little boy on January 28, 2010; the exact same birthday as my only and younger brother. My mom was convinced by my brother’s kindergarten teacher and the vice principal that it would be best for him socially to continue onto grade 1 at the age of 5, turning 6 at the end of January. Mom tells me she was always skeptical of this, but took the advice of the teachers and kept him going in school as the youngest in his class.
It’s not my business to share my brother’s school life history with you, however from my mom’s experiences I’m glad that I took her advice into heavy consideration and “held back” Braden. He started playschool at 3 and finished his two years of playschool at almost 5.5 years old. So now he is in kindergarten, two full days a week (sometimes 3 days in the new year), he turns 6 at the end of January and will likely always be the oldest in his class. And you know what? He is thriving. I truly cannot imagine Braden being full-time in grade 1 right now. I wasn’t even sure how he was going to be ready for kindergarten at the end of his last playschool year! Then all of a sudden, over the summer, he developed a keen interest in colouring (he’s really good!), cutting properly with scissors and practicing his writing and other skills in a kindergarten work book I bought him from Costco.
He’s truly loving kindergarten, he’s mentally and emotionally handling the transition very well and he looks forward to school and his homework. We just had his first report card and parent/teacher interview, and he’s well-behaved in class, is often the first to raise his hand to answer questions and is great with number and letter recognition, shapes, sequencing and patterns. Braden LOVES to talk and often talks quite loudly, so I asked the teacher if he was able to focus well in class and she told me that she’s never had to tell him to use an inside voice or to stop talking. Go, Braden!
I’m very proud of our son and pray and hope for him that he continues to do well in school!
Did you have to make a decision to push ahead or hold back your child with a fall/winter birthday?