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Young Kindergartners More Likely To Be Held Back

Both of our boys turned 5 in September.

Therefore, we had to make a very big decision, one that has certainly become a hot topic amongst parents.  Should we send them to kindergarten as a "young 5" or wait a year and send them to elementary school as an "older 5", almost 6 year old?

When we were weighing the pros and cons, we found that moms and dads have very strong opinions, on both sides of the issue.

Ultimately, we waited, giving both boys a bit more time to mature and become ready for the big step.  As a mom, I loved the extra year: the lunches at home and the special time it afforded us.  But, admittedly, it was an expensive choice, requiring another year of pre-school tuition.

In the end, it was the right decision for us and we haven't regretted it for a second.

And, interestingly, new research out of the University of Missouri shows, "the youngest kindergartners are about five times more likely to be retained, or held back, compared to the oldest students, resulting in higher costs for parents and school districts."

What do you think?  Did you grapple with the timing of this milestone?

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