(NOTE: These are JUST my opinions based on 21 years of ministry
and 18 years of parenting… so far.)
Recently a young Mom asked my thoughts about starting
her 4 yr. old son in home school Kindergarten soon.
Here’s my response.
I’m sure he’s more than able to learn the stuff that’s
taught in kindergarten, but you may wanna think long-term.
Growth is more than head-knowledge, and boys tend to
mature at a different rate than girls. That said, if a boy
begins school early then he’s always the youngest among
his peers & possibly the smallest, too. (Which can be
very significant to a boy) He might always be the “little kid”
or the “shorty” or whatever else kids may think up to say.
Playing in sports with his grade level would put him at a
disadvantage, which can be difficult for developing
Younger-starting children can also face disadvantages
because their emotions and social development are not
as advanced as their brains, and this can be frustrating for
the child as well as peers and other people in their lives.
Also, Starting K as a 4 yr old means that a child
would graduate as a 17 yr old… not always a plus.
(Not to mention the parents saying, “Goodbye” a year early! SAD!)
When making parenting decisions involving the oldest child,
parents need to be careful that their desires for advancement
have nothing to do with proving to themselves and/or
others that they’re a good parent.
These are observations gather over the years in youth ministry
(we’ve seen many students who were young for their grade level)
and our own 18 years of parenting.
So these are just some things to consider & pray about.
You may have other thoughts & observations.
I’d love to hear them. (Your comments are ALWAYS welcome!!!)