ERIC Number: EJ702982
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004-Jun-22
Reference Count: 6
Is My Child Really Too Young for Kindergarten?
Childhood Education, v80 n4 p207 Sum 2004
Delaying school entry for a year is most often viewed as an opportunity for children to mature and develop critical academic, social and emotional skills prior to entering kindergarten. Many teachers view delayed school entry as a kindness to younger, less mature students who need more preparation for the rigors of formal academics in 1st grade. Gender also becomes an issue when one is trying to decide whether or not to delay school entry; boys are often viewed as less mature and not as "academically ready" than girls. This article evaluates this issue in relation to both positive and negative aspects of delaying entry into kindergarten.
Descriptors: Kindergarten, School Readiness, Maturity (Individuals), Young Children, Gender Differences, Child Development, Interpersonal Competence, Age Differences, Literacy
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Early Childhood Education
Authoring Institution: N/A