If you have the choice would you hold your child back from starting school until the next year?
If your child is barely at the age where he/she could start school is there any benefit in waiting for the next school year before starting them? Does it make a difference?
Certainly. I want my child to know and understand this world before she steps into it. Atleast a couple of years after her first birthday would I prefer my child to start going to school. Anyways, I am less interested into schooling system, though my mother is a teacher. The reason being teachers, these days, lack dedication and interest as so do the management in schools. I don't want my child to be known as "A Student From 'Any' School" as it may obstruct its own Identity and growth. So I would start teaching her on my own as far as I can go and where I lack knowledge I always have an option to hire professional/s who will be interested to teach not for money but for fun. Such professional will able to relate lessons with real life example which is the best way to learn. According to me This is real Education which no school around the world can provide.
Coming back to your question, I will not like to burden my child with studies at the age of 2 years, which is, sadly, a trend and definitely absurd.
Yes--it makes a difference! Although each case is individual, I would err on the side of holding back. A younger child may not mature as quickly as his/her peers because the physical age is younger. A younger child sometimes has a harder time focusing and with social interactions. Even a bright child, if younger, may not be able to sustain the necessary attention span. Later, the child may have the challenge of being "last" to get a driver's license, etc. I started Kindergarten when I was 4 and felt like I was always playing "catch up." It wasn't because I wasn't smart--it just took me a little longer to get it. But I didn't realize that--so I thought I was not smart. Because I thought this, I began to fulfill that expectation.
I'm also a teacher and taught a Kindergarten class where half my class was still 4 at the beginning of the year and the other half was already 5 or turned 5 quickly. It seemed like to different groups of kids. The youngers just weren't ready and the pressure to keep up with the class was difficult on many of them.
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