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Has anyone heard of stunting Emotional Growth by keeping young 5 in pre-k for second year?

Hello.  I have a second-born daughter who will turn 5 in August 2008.  By our public school deadline she is kin-ready, but by the private school's deadline, she would do their pre-k after completing morning pre-k in another school.  Her current teachers tell us that she shows all signs of kin-readiness, and that we might stunt her emotional growth if we put her in private school for another year of pre-k.  However, she would be absolute youngest in either public or private if we put her in kindergarten.
Does anyone know of any research into the emotional "stunting" of children who are redshirted???
Thanks.
In Topics: Kindergarten readiness
> 60 days ago

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Developmentalist
Development... writes:
I find this a very interesting question as I was in the exact situation as you last year. &nbsp;What I know from the experts and the data that exist is that the emotional wear and tear of starting Kindergarten to early is greater than waiting. &nbsp;Children do need to be on their &quot;growth edge,&quot; where they are challenged and stimulated. &nbsp;And, they have a natural ability to find that place.<br />
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What I strongly suggest to you is that you find a &quot;Young Fives Kindergarten&quot; program. &nbsp;I wish I had done this. &nbsp;As Kindergarten in most public schools is the &quot;new 1st grade.&quot; &nbsp;In the &quot;new first grade Kindergarten&quot; five year olds are taught to read, add, and subtract, skills I learned when I was in the old type of first grade. &nbsp;What often happens is that kids go from preschool or preK to 1st grade and miss the Kindergarten experience. &nbsp;I had started my son in a public Kindergarten, and later found out that 12 private Young Five Kindergartens were in our local area. &nbsp;You might want to do some research and see if you can get your daughter in a true Kindergarten, before you start &quot;the new first grade.&quot; &nbsp;Oh, and most of the Young Five Kindergartens get wait lists very soon as many parents are now understanding how different public Kindergarten classrooms are no.<br />
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kellysfinn
kellysfinn , Parent writes:
Hi,<br />
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I taught in a first grade classroom at a private school and from my experience private schools often do not adhere to the standard Kindergarten experience. &nbsp;The school I worked at Kindergarten curriculum was equivalent to first grade at the local public schools, and first grade equivalent to second grade, etc. &nbsp;Therefore, I would listen to the teachers at the school your child will be attending, because they know best what the type of Kindergarten experience is at their school and if your child is ready. &nbsp;Your child's current teachers may not be familiar with the new school's curriculum and thus may be skeptical about keeping your daughter back a year.<br />
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On a personal rather than professional note, I think most of the time, keeping your child back a year can help more than hurt. &nbsp;However, I was very young compared to my peers and I turned out fine as well!<br />
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