When is the right time to send your children to school? Image Source: www.freedigitalphotos.net "Pretty School Child Showing Thumbs Up Gesture" by stockimages
When planning to have children, we did not think about the timing in terms of school age. Our daughters were born in June & July - so for both, we have the choice to send them at 4.5 years or 5.5 years.
Did you consider the age gap in the early years or the fact that they might be the passenger, instead of driver, in an older child's car later in high school?
What is your opinion and experience on this situation?
Both of mine started at 5.5 years of age. I didn't have the heart to send them any earlier than that, they just weren't ready at 4.5 and would have been younger and probably insecure. They both got the chance to have a year more of life experience and are better off for it.
My kids haven't gone to school yet, but if my daughter starts next year she will be five, turning six in the middle of the year. I think that's still a little younger than I would like, which is why she didn't start prep this year at 4 and a half. I don't like this trend to push formal schooling on kids younger and younger. It doesn't produce better educational outcomes.
Later the better.
It is heart wrenching that a child be taken out of home, and put into school.Sure they get over it, but a child needs to be ready.That's the most important part of all this.They seem to take off quite well once a tad older,I have found...Little ones need time with mum, and to just enjoy life!...There is plenty of time for school. So 5.5yrs is good, 6 yrs is even better,in my view.
As a teacher I say THE LATER THE BETTER. They won't get a chance to play or be kids under our new C2C system ( With "Curriculum to Classroom" lessons are way too hard for the average child. Lessons race ahead and jump from topic to topic. Teachers find it awful . Kids get bored because most of it its beyond their interest level. The older your child is the more likely they will be able to cope. Meanwhile do everything you can to give them lots of opportunities to play and explore many topics and have fun.