Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Week of Tough Decisions #1 - Kindergarten

Our youngest will turn five on July 27 (first person to tell me what other important event happened on July 27, 2003 wins a prize of my choosing) and is technically eligible to go to Kindergarten. Our oldest was born on July 4th and we did send him to Kindergarten when he was five. It was hard not to send him because he scored very high on the Kindergarten Roundup testing the local school district did.

Of course, now we regret it a little. He's in 6th grade and struggling at times. Some of it might be maturity. Some of it might be the transition into middle school. Some of it might be attitude. Whatever the case, we now feel like we made a err in judgment when we sent him. We are getting him back on track, but he gets frustrated.

Fast forward to Carson. While more social at his age than Austin was, he didn't score well on his kindergarten roundup and we wasn't surprised. I'm not saying he isn't smart, he is, but he's busy being a four year old. He is starting to understand letters and such, but at this point it is just getting in the way of him being a kid.

So, while he's starting to pick up more and more on things necessary to be ready for kindergarten, we decided to allow him to be a kid another year and not rush things. Too many people have told us that we will never regret NOT sending him, but that we might regret sending him. Which only leaves one question: Where were these people when we were ready to send Austin?

Stay tuned for tomorrow's post: Week of Tough Decisions #2 - Summer Cycling

9 comments:

Josh Ellis said...

Kevin I think you made a wise decision. My son was born in July as well and we decided to wait because I figured he would have the rest of his life to be a student but only 5 or 6 years to devote solely to being a kid. Your son will be physically and mentally "bigger" in his grade thanks to your decision. Well that's my 7 cents. Later.

eDLoNNiE said...

July 27th, 2003-that's when Mr. Armstrong "mellow jonny" won his fifth Tour DAY France (props to Bob Roll).

bikingbrady said...

Hold the phones, we have a winner. eDLoNNie knew that my son's 5th birthday will also be the 5th anniversary of Lance winning his 5th consecutive Tour DAY France. I'm thinking (although the artwork pales in comparison to CiTYBiLLY apparel) you get a Margarita Ride T-Shirt seen here: http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_2BzInP4y314/RuX3OQgMkeI/AAAAAAAAAIw/i83c_dvls9Y/s1600-h/image.jpg

Jim said...

Good decision! As a first grade teacher, Patricia has seen many kid who should have waited a year and how it affects their social and learning skills. Don't feel bad about the decision with Austin. Even with advice from others a parent is bound to think his kid can handle anything.

Lindsey said...

Everyone's telling us to wait with Tommy too....even though I don't want to.

Your wife even told us to wait...

Ha(m)mer said...

I am a July 6 baby. My parents thought about holding me back. They didnt. I dont *think* that was a bad decision. But I always have been wise beyond my years. *wink*

bikingbrady said...

ha(m)mer, it's often said that girls mature faster....they obviously didn't mean that when it came to you *double wink*

It is a tough call, but with more "parental experience" now I think this is the best decision for Carson.

CDV said...

Tough times call for tough decisions, I know it wasn't a very easy decision for me to come too but I think its for the best.

You know I'm not talking about kindergarten anymore. ;)

eDLoNNiE said...

I appreciate the shirt, but turn the shirt into drinks for everyone at "Ride with the KeRNeL" day on TdK. Hopefully, eDBiLLy & I will be there!