My son is turning the big five this year. My first born will be a whole hand old. Five years old means kindergarten. Well I thought it did. The popular term for college athletes of red-shirt is now a term for kindergartens. I was becoming anxious over the literal age to start my son’s elementary years. As Kindergarten registration loomed I couldn’t help but think, is this year to send him? How would I decide on the kindergarten debate?
My son is full of energy, loves playing with other children, learning about space and dinosaurs. He also at times has a hard time staying on task and listening to, well anyone some days. When he has a bad day, it is a bad day. His birthday falls at the end of May and will fall in the first week of summer break in the school calendar year. As I read through different online mom groups and parenting articles, I saw quite an overwhelming response for the age of six in the great kindergarten debate.
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This was the one that I went back and forth about. It is the most common reason to wait. He has had a preschool year and pre-k daycare. On his good days, he is good. He is ready to tackle school work, listen and be a good student. Then there will be one bad day, that makes everyone question is he ready? Then I think I had many questions how he would do in preschool. My son has shown so much growth each year that my husband and I feel he is ready.
I spoke with his teachers and friends with recent kindergartens who gave their feedback. As his parents, it is our decision to make. We decided to register for kindergarten this year. I look forward to seeing my son start his school journey. I hope he learns to love school and I know my husband and I will help each step of the way!