I know no one is interested in this, but I'll share anyway and get people's thoughts! Yesterday Christopher was screened for kindergarten. We have been debating since he was born when to start him. His birthday is August 31st. He will turn 5 a week before school starts or we could wait till next fall when he would be turning 6 to start school.
How did he do? They score with colors: green=good, yellow=concern and red=needs follow up. They test in 3 categories: motor, cognitive and language. He got a perfect score (every single thing right) in motor and cognitive. Language he got yellow, but a high yellow. Overall he got a green score. They said he got green (ready for kindergarten) because he scored perfect on two sections and high yellow on the last.
What did they ask? I was surprised to see how things changed from when I was tested. I assumed colors, alphabet, numbers, shapes would be asked as well as writing. That's what I prepped him for. Instead, they asked him to step through a rope, hop one foot, draw lines for the motor section. For cognitive they showed pictures and asked him to identify them (animals and objects mostly). To solve problems like creating a bridge using sticks to help an elephant cross a river. For language they asked him to repeat complex sentences (he missed a few words) and to repeat number sequences (like: 4, 7, 8, 1 and 9) that was difficult for him. They also asked him rhyming words which I hadn't worked on. He was confused, and instead was giving letter sounds for the words they gave. Good skill, but not what they asked.
What did they recommend? I was hoping they would give me more direction, but instead they left it very open. They said it was up to me on when to place him. The counselor did say, "I would really look at the research." I did and I know what it says: to wait.
What are we going to do? I was put into kindergarten at 4 1/2, so very young. I did well academically, but socially I struggled a lot. I was always the smallest and I was picked on constantly. I can remember up till 2nd grade not having a single friend. It also wasn't ideal to be 17 and a freshman in college ;)
I'd like Christopher and Andrew to be close grade wise, so waiting would make that possible. It may make bus riding, parent meetings, events, easier. But, there's so many neighbor friends whose kids are starting this year.
I know he would excel academically, but socially I'm worried especially since we skipped pre-school.
The youngest child there for testing had an early June birthday.
Right now, we are planning on attending all the events and handing in the paperwork. They said they only need to know the day before school what I decide. They weren't pushy and very friendly. I'm leaning on waiting till next fall. I will say I'm confident with our decision for public school for elementary. I was pleased with the school and teachers from what I've seen so far.
Were you an older or younger student? When did you decide to start school with your child(ren)? What has your experience been like?