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Your 4-year-old now
Ready for kindergarten? Many schools have age cutoff dates, but other factors such as social maturity and size can also influence parents' decisions. "Academic redshirting" (holding a child out of school for a year even if he's old enough to start) has become more popular, especially for kids who would be among the youngest in their class. The advantage is that the extra time allows a child to be better matched academically and socially to his classmates. The disadvantage is that if a child catches up to his age-mates as he matures, he may wind up bored in a class full of younger kids, which can lead to acting out.
Your child doesn't need to be reading or writing to start kindergarten, though familiarity with letters and numbers is useful. Some general signs of readiness are when a child:
- is able to follow instructions, work in a group, and pay attention
- can speak clearly
- handles separation well and interacts well with adults and other children
- can hold a pencil and work scissors
- can control his temper when mad or frustrated
- is able to sit still for short periods (say, as long as it takes to read a picture book) without disrupting others
- is curious and interested in learning new things
If your child attends preschool, his teacher should have a good grasp of his development and be able to guide you. In the end, though, you know your child best.
Your life now
To cope with a chronic dawdler, try building dawdling time into your daily schedule. Plan by figuring out not how long something ought to take but how long it actually takes your child. Another tactic is to issue a challenge. Many fours can't resist games that have them trying to race you or beat the clock.
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