the bean's birthday is 10/1. she started preschool when she turned 4 and last year did a year of transitional kindergarten. she's starting K this year and will be 6 about a month and a half into the school year. TK was wonderful - she thrived in the class and developed a lot of self-confidence she was lacking.
DS1 (12/22/09) started preschool in January as a 3 year old. He is the youngest in his class. He attends preschool through our public school system because he receives speech therapy there. He's only gone a half year so far, but will finish 2 more full years before kindergarten, putting him as one of the oldest in his class. Right now it sucks that he's the baby, but all the kids love him and it will work out well when he's older than the others in his class due to his immaturity and possible ASD diagnosis (we're in the middle of an evaluation for that).
- We started the mommy and me class at her preschool this spring (fall birthdays only, 1.5 hour once a week). 12 kids.
- She is now in the optional summer school with those kids + the spring birthdays. twice a week, 2.5 hours a day, five weeks. - She will go 3.5 hours, twice a week in the fall. (Same kids as summer school). 24 kids.
- The summer birthdays do the mommy and me program in the fall and join them next spring for 36 total.
There is a definite structure and rhythm to the school. The next year is three days a week, then five.
DS (12/7/10) is in daycare/preschool. He's right in the middle of his class, age wise, b/c he's so young. His group is the "2's) so they all turned 2 at some point in the fall. He was one of the last, though.
My DD was 12/5/10
The preschool we are looking at won't take her until fall 2014, so she'll be one of the older kids and will turn 4 that Dec.
Post by SusanBAnthony on Jul 19, 2013 18:18:05 GMT -5
DS has a sept. birthday. He started preschool when he was 2 years 11 months. Best decision ever!
Dd is February and I started her the day she turned 3. I lucked out that my kids' preschool is half special needs kids, so they come in to the school as soon as they turn 3 (and are dropped from early intervention) even if it is in april. so they were fine with her starting in February.
DS is 11/9/10- so he'll turn 3 in November. I'm a SAHM, and have him signed up for a nursery school in the fall. He'll be in the "threes" class, but they're cut off is 12/31- so he probably won't be THE youngest. It's only 2 mornings a week- 5 hours a week total. I think it'll be good for his social skills, and for my sanity LOL
Em's birthday is 11/29. The cut-off for our preschool is 9/1 (our school district is 9/30). She started her first year in the 2s class when she was two months away from turning 3, and she was the oldest in her class of 10. I actually think it was very beneficial to her and especially her self-esteem. As it was, she had a hard time adjusting to leaving me and Kate at home, and if she were the youngest in her class I think it would have only intimidated her and kept her from ultimately thriving as much as she did. At that age, there was a noticeable difference in maturity levels between the oldest and youngest kids, a difference which mostly dissipated by pre-k.
At our school, the second year is split between a 3s class or a young 4s class, with a vague cut-off in the spring, so kids with fall and winter birthdays are generally moved up to the 4s class and kids with spring and summer birthdays are moved up to the 3s class. Em was assigned the young 4s class her second year, while Kate will be in the 3s class. The 3s and 4s classes all move up to pre-k their third year, just before kindergarten.
There were two girls with October birthdays in Em's 4s class who had been in the 3s class instead of the 2s their first year. Apparently they were moved up because the 2s classes were full, and I know at least one of the moms felt her daughter suffered because of it, like she wasn't as ready for it as the kids who had already done a year in the 2s class.
I do think it very much depends on the kid. I don't think Emily would have been ready for the 3s class her first year, and I didn't push for Kate to get into the 4s class this coming year even though I loved the teachers Em had, just because I don't think she has the maturity for it yet.