posted on Mar, 2 2013 @ 03:45 PM
There are a lot of smart minds here at ATS so I need a little advice on education for our son. He was born in late September and is three years old
right now. We decided to have him screened to see if he was ready for Pre-Kindergarten class this fall. The way it works is that if your child is born
after Sept. 1, they are too late for that class and must wait for the next year. That’s how it works here in Wisconsin. He is well-advanced for his
age. I’m not saying a genius or anything like that, but definitely ready for Pre-K this fall, so the question isn’t whether he could go to school
yet, just whether he should.
If he goes early, he would be one of the youngest in class, but if he waits, he would be one of the oldest.
Most everyone has been advising my wife and I not to enroll him yet and wait for the next year. Even the school psychologist doesn’t want him to
start, but the Pre-K teacher does. I’ve had family and co-workers even suggest that it’s not what’s best for the kid because of social skills
and all that later on, per say, middle school years. I know that he wouldn’t be behind in sports either, because his motor skills are advanced as
well, and he is larger than most three-year olds to.
My wife and I figured that he should go early because we didn’t want him to get bored if he was more advanced and not being challenged with what he
was learning. With all the naysayers, we’re becoming more hesitant and not sure what to do. Back in the day, parents used to put kids in early all
the time, but this practice is frowned upon now and this school district here hasn’t put a child into Pre-K early in seven years.
I’m just wondering if any of you have dealt with this situation with your own children. If so, what did you do and how has it worked out for your
child? Appreciate any help ATS!