Four year olds. So big and yet
At just four, V can't tie her shoes, spell her name nor outsmart her older sister.
But she speaks clearly, likes learning about letters and numbers and plays a mean violin.
I don't know when they started letting four year olds into kindergarten, but they do. And Mr. Dork thinks V should go this fall when she's four and a half. My gut instinct is to let her enjoy childhood longer. I think fours are too little to be navigating a large building full of older children and I'd love to keep her out of school for longer. I believe there are social advantages to be more mature amongst your peer group, and I think this really shows when girls hit the "mean girl" stage that inevitably rears its ugly head. But that's a long way off and Mr. Dork doesn't see it.
On the other hand (there's always another hand) she'll be almost too old to start kindergarten when she's 5 and a half. Technically it isn't too old, but she'll turn 6 in kindergarten and I wonder if she'll be bored by then? And there's the blatant fact that we're paying over $13,000 a year for daycare. For one child (I know)! That's a huge burden on us right now, but I need to earn an income.
Preschool would have provided a wonderful bridge between daycare and big-kid school because we both work full time and we have no relatives to take her to preschool for us. Ditto a nanny - they cost way more than what we are paying for daycare now. *sigh*
How has your family come to the decision about when to start school? I'd love to hear.