Delaying Kindergarten Entry

Delaying Kindergarten Entry

I am drawn to this topic because I’d really like to believe I made the right decision for my recent elementary school graduate. In my community, a significant percentage of children are delaying kindergarten entry, most commonly noted in the boys with birthdays in the first half of the calendar year. The rationale for holding back, or “redshirting” as commonly referred, varies among parents questioned – some report concerns of social and emotional maturity relative to a child’s peers, others have academic concerns and still others have concerns about size and experience relative to sports success. I honestly understand each of these reasons—my son, who sits at the 40-50% for height, looks pretty small on the football field, so small in fact that his natural athletic ability really didn’t outshine his size disadvantage. I have seen plenty of smaller kids, with more pronounced athletic abilities, excel beyond their larger/older peers, but my …