I think it depends on the readyness of the child. I've loved that my older two had fall/winter b-days so they were a bit "older' when they started doing "school".....gratitude wrote:For those of you with summer Birthday kids, especially boys, do you consider them in the grade they would be in with the cut-off (very young), or on the older side for a grade?
Many moms suggested when he was 4 1/2 to wait a year with a summer Birthday until he was six before starting school. Since ds7 wasn't quite ready at 5 (MFW K would have been great; I wish I had it back then), I did consider last school year his K year (age 6). We used K for both Awana and Sunday school. It seemed to work out. It is allowing he and his brother to share Sunday School this summer which is fun (K / 1st class). He is tall though for his age. I have also heard with sports I might need to put him up to 2nd. Academically we are somewhere in - between the grades at the moment (1/2 way through MFW Grade 1).
I go through this every year when my oldest ds Birthday comes around, even with home schooling. Looking for a settled answer. Any experience, comments?
My third child was born August 15th and here in Missouri you "must" be 5 by August 1st to enter a "public school" as a kindergartener (private school can choose to let you in). Based on her closeness to her older sisters age(they are 20 mo. apart to the day!) she "came along" with her older sister as she did MFW A-Z (she was 4 y.o. most of that time) that gave me the opportunity to really see if she would be ready to be a "kindergartener" the next year or to wait a year further. She was ready! Even though I am not a pusher, and would of gladly waited that extra year--she really was ready.
Now as she is almost 6, it's hard to believe that she would only now be going to school (if she were going to public school) She is also taller than her 7 1/2 y.o. sister. I wouldn't want that to make the decision (she was ready for the education or she wasn't), but no one would think she was just now a kindergartener.
Then there is my 4th child:) he just turned 4 July 8th, and I have a very hard time thinking of him as a kindergartener next year--we'll see:)
Not sure if that helps, but I know sometimes it's nice to see what others have done.....