It happened. Damien has been registered for kindergarten. But I have to admit that I'm more indecisive as ever.
The cut-off is September 30th, all children need to be 5 by then. Damien turns 5 September 17th. He's currently in the IEP class for some speech issues, but his teacher has said that academically, he's ready. But she also said that there's a maturity issue for boys & she even held her own son back a year before starting kindergarten. So Damien could either go to kindergarten, or have another year of preschool.
I don't want to decide now, I actually have until about 2 weeks before the start of the new school year. My fear is that if I hold him back like everyone suggests, that he'll get bored with the preschool lessons & focus on the "play" aspect more. But I don't want to push him if he's not entirely ready either.
Of course Damien is a completely different child at school than he is at home, so his maturity may not be an issue as far as schooling goes. After all, I do hate it when kids automatically get categorized (except for two year olds, they really can be terrible).
What would you do if you were me? I'm open to any thoughts & suggestions.