Holding Children Back from School

Have you been thinking about delaying your child’s entrance into school so that he or she will be among the oldest in the class? This actually hasn’t been shown to improve academic or social performance, according to the National Association for the Education of Young Children, although individual cases vary.

When your child nears the age for attending school, if you’re still wondering whether you should delay this, talk to the school’s staff about evaluating his or her readiness.

Some young children are more than ready for school. Others need a little extra time, depending upon what’s expected from 5-year-olds in the school you’re considering.

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