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How Do You Know When It's Time For Kindergarten?

How Do You Know When It's Time For Kindergarten?

As preschool graduations are winding down, many parents are struggling with a big decision: when is it the right time to send a child to kindergarten?

The New York Times Room for Debate recently facilitated a discussion on this issue, publishing opinions from an early education experts, teachers, and anthropologists.

Early education expert Hermine Marshall argues, "In deciding when a child enters school, age is not the critical factor. Current research indicates that readiness requires appropriate stimulation and guidance."

Beth Graue, a former kindergarten teacher and professor of early childhood education belives the decision should hinge on the type of kindergarten class the child is entering. "Readiness is also relative to the curriculum -- children have to be ready for something," says Graue.  

Jerlean Daniel, a child care center director, says that socioeconomic factors are largely responsible for determining a child’s readiness for school.

Tell us what you think - is it age, envirionment, social skills, or curriculum?

How did you decide when your kids were ready for school?

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  • moo77hb By moo77hb
    06.13.11  

    I think it is a bit of everything! My son is starting this fall, and I think he is ready-but I am not:)

  • didama By didama
    06.13.11  

    In our school district its based on age.

  • mwhardy By mwhardy
    06.14.11  

    In our school district, it seems like both educators and fellow parents encourage parents (of particulary boys, summer birthdays) to wait a year. As the parent of a daughter, I'm not super excited that my daughter will likely be in classes with boys 12-18 months older than her in high school!

  • MoWalker By MoWalker
    06.14.11  

    I teach full-day kindergarten and our students must be 5 by a certain time. We think students are most ready if they are able to follow 1-step directions, use the restroom independently, and get through the day without an extended nap. Our teachers believe a child's development is much more of an indicator than age.

  • mkieran By mkieran
    06.14.11  

    My son is four, and intellectually ready for kindergarden, but not socially ready. But I guess the whole idea is to help him acquire those social skills.

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