Topic: kindergarten cut offs
What are the ages where you live? I grew up in NY and started kindergarten about 3 weeks before my 5th birthday and graduated when I was 17. My younger brother has an August birthday so he started a few weeks after turning 5. We were both tested as gifted in elementary school but had very different experiences mostly based on social maturity (or lack thereof). He was held back, I believe in the 2nd or 3rd grade. I've lived in Texas for almost 15 years and haven't given it too much thought especially since Kate has a 12/1 birthday so nowhere near the cut off. I have 2 nieces in NY that were born the same year as Kate. O was born in April, she's a 3rd child so pretty ahead if the game in most areas (good and bad I'm sure! Lol). J was born 5 weeks before Kate. She is the first daughter of my brother and his wife (they've also got a 1 year old girl). I was SHOCKED to see fb photos of J heading off to kindegarten. There has never been a child less prepared in every way, shape and form. I just feel awful that she is going to have such an uphill battle. I know finances played into it a lot. My mom paid for her to go to pre school the lest couple of years but I think it was more like a day care and not a good one. It just really made me sad and got me to thinking about how messed up the system is all around this country. She won't even be 5 until the end of October. I think my little bug is sharp as a tack, as we all feel about our kids, but I cannot imagine putting her in Kindergarten this year with A and all the other girls she's grown up with. Now of course she has children in her class who are older but that is the way it is supposed to be in Montessori. I guess I'm rambling but just wondering - are all states different, do you have to send a child on that side of the deadline?