When should you start kindergarten?

Author's Note

As a writer who is also mother to a small child, this topic posed some interesting challenges in the way of empathy vs. objectivity. As someone who will have to make the kindergarten decision in the near future, what do I want to know in order to help my child succeed? On the other hand, what do I want to hear about my child's relative ability level? Often, they're not the same thing.

Researching and writing this article was a study in balancing fact and reassurance. In the end, I felt my ability to get into the mind of my reader with relative confidence and ease proved beneficial to the process, providing a path to an even-handed approach to what can sometimes, especially in the age of the "academic kindergarten," be a sensitive topic.

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  • Geiser, Traci. "10 Kindergarten Readiness Skills Your Child Needs." Education. (May 22, 2012) http://www.education.com/magazine/article/kindergarten-readiness-secrets/
  • Gisler, Peggy and Marge Eberts. "Kindergarten Readiness Checklist." Family Education. (May 22, 2012) http://school.familyeducation.com/kindergarten/school-readiness/38491.html
  • Kindergarten readiness: Is your child ready for school? Baby Center. (May 22, 2012) http://www.babycenter.com/0_kindergarten-readiness-is-your-child-ready-for-school_67232.bc
  • National Vaccine Program Office: Immunization Laws. CDC. (May 22, 2012) http://www.hhs.gov/nvpo/law.htm
  • Starting Kindergarten Later Gives Student Only a Fleeting Edge, Study Finds. Science Daily. Aug. 18, 2008. (May 24, 2012) http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2008/08/080818184420.htm
  • What Does My Child's Stage of Development Have to do With His Readiness for School? Gesell Institute of Human Development (via Education.com). (May 22, 2012) http://www.education.com/reference/article/does-my-childs-stage-development-readiness/