This Whole Time Thing

by Ginger on May 22, 2013

in Mom Thoughts, The Kid

Today at lunch, for some reason I’m still not entirely sure of, I decided to do some research into Kindergarten. N.C. and I have been talking about how that’s creeping up on us, and I figured it might do me some good to figure out some of the details of things like birthday cut offs and which school he’ll go to (which I 99% knew, but wanted to see confirmation) and whether it’s whole day or half day and that kind of stuff.

Yeah, I don’t know why either.

Jackson will turn 5 a whopping four days after the Kindergarten cut off next year. I’m not entirely sure what I think about that. On the one hand, I think he’s young and could need a little more time to develop in some of the sit still/listen/follow directions area, all the places he’s a little behind the rest of his (older) classmates. Granted, he has another year to develop those skills, but still. On the other hand, though, he’s already GIANT for his age (seriously, he towers over most of his classmates), and I do wonder if that will end up being an issue.

Mostly, though, it boggles my mind that we’re at the point of having to think about some of this stuff. I couldn’t help but get choked up a little that it’s going so fast. That we’re going to have to start thinking about homework and PTO and starting bells, and….just…already? YES, we have a year before this really comes into play, but even that seems insane. How is it that we’re only a year away from conversations about Kindergarten? This whole time thing is, frankly, a bunch of bullshit if you ask me.

Anyway, it doesn’t really matter right now, because we DO have a little time. I can ostrich about this particular thing for a little while longer. I can just enjoy the time we are in right now.

Lisa May 23, 2013 at 7:43 am

The age cutoff always makes me feel a little weird. O misses it by about 3 weeks. I will say that everyone I’ve talked to with fall birthdays says “Oh, she will be oldest in her class? That’s AWESOME.” My dad is an August birthday and he said he was always the youngest in his class and it sucked.

It is crazy that it’s time to think about this stuff. I’m pretty sure you JUST had him. And being parent of a school-age kid does seem overwhelming, doesn’t it? Hell, I get overwhelmed if we look at a preschool that requires volunteer hours from parents.

Melinda May 23, 2013 at 7:44 am

Why do they grow so fast!? We were in the “send him to Kindergarten or wait another year” place recently. It was a really HARD decision to make for my son. He will be 5 this summer, just before the age cut off. He is struggling just enough with some skills (writing holding the pen in his fist, paying attention, participating, etc.) that we decided to give him one more year of preschool. It will mean he will probably be the oldest in his class when he starts K but I hope that will benefit him more than it will be an issue. Maybe instead of struggling through classwork, he will end up top of his class. Even though I’m confident with this choice I still feel guilty about it and all the what ifs that it might cause down the road. After speaking with some teachers it sounds like, long term, education is slowly moving toward an age 6 kindergarten start age so perhaps we are just ahead of the curve on taking that up, unintentionally.

Angela (@Aferg22) May 23, 2013 at 8:09 am

My Jackson just finished kindergarten yesterday! He is a September birthday, and since our cut off is August 31, he was one of the older kids in his class. I was happy that I didn’t have to make the tough decision about sending him or holding him back, and it worked out just fine. Even as one of the older kids, he still had some problems with sitting still and waiting for his turn to speak in class. The phrase “blurting out” will be forever associated with this school year! It is amazing how quickly time goes by, and I just can’t believe that now I have a first grader. Blows my mind. But I will say that it has just gotten better. 🙂

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