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Tuesday, February 1st, 2011

Does your child have a summer birthday?

Thinking of holding your child back next year? If your child has a summer birthdays you might be thinking about him/her repeating a year of Pre-Kindergarten around this time of year. Save this list to consider around May of this year.


Social Maturity

  • Is your child ready for the expectations of Kindergarten?
  • Does your child… share, cooperate with other children, take turns, follow 2 and 3 step directions?

Academic success

  • Research confirms that all children held back or pushed forward arrive at the same relative academic place by third grade.


  • Does your child know most of their letters and the sounds they make out of order?
  • Can they write their first name?
  • Being able to read at age 5 is not a Kindergarten requirement or expectation. Readiness comes at different points for all children.


  • Is your child able to count to 20?
  • Can your child draw a triangle? Research suggests that a child is ready to read when they can draw a triangle.

Other Considerations

  • Size- How will holding your child back affect his/her self-esteem compared to children a grade level younger or older with your decision?
  • Extra-curricular- Team sports supported by Malcolm Gladwell's Outliers, is one area where being the oldest gives children a competitive edge- Is this reason alone enough to hold a child back from a year of academic potential stimulation?
  • Know your child, their excitement about learning, ability to listen, follow directions, and have a positive experience.

Share your thoughts on retaining children? When is it appropriate? When should you take a chance? Success stories either way?

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