Few sign up for new 'transitional' program
Original post made on Sep 21, 2012
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on Sep 21, 2012 at 3:16 pm
I think parents will still hold their "young kids" back, these kids will just have spring or summer birthdays instead of fall birthdays. Many parents do not want their child to be the youngest in the class. The red shirting will still happen, pretty soon kids will be 10 when they start school. As it turns out, the age advantage disappears pretty early on & the "young" kids do just fine. They might even learn to be more resilient, then their "older" classmates.
on Sep 21, 2012 at 3:30 pm
Due to the change in the laws, I suspect Palo Alto parents- most of which send their kids to preschool - elected to keep their children in their preschool for another year.
To young? - the disadvantage of being the youngest disappears for a bit in elementary school and reappears in middle and high school. Ask a middle school teacher if they can tell which kids are the youngest.
Anecdotally - my sons friends who are young for their grade have had to work much harder to keep up academically than those who are older. They have also experienced a challenge in sports and even PE since many are smaller than their peers. They went off to college at 17, often 18 months younger than their peers from other parts of the country. There is still a HUGE difference between a 17 year old and a 19 year old.
on Sep 21, 2012 at 4:11 pm
Not true, Palo Alto mom. My son is one of the "young". He has many friends that are also "young". Not one of them is suffering. In fact they are all just fine. They are now in middle school. Certainly in kindergarten you could see the difference between the 4 year olds and 6 year olds. The age difference just does not mater in the long run. The new research also supports my claim! Of course if you ask a kindergarten teacher they prefer the older kids.