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Just Wait

May 22, 2017 - Stacey Sacco
One and a half days left of school for the year. Fifth grade and Kindergarten are coming to a close and I don’t have to rush my kids out the door at 7am for three whole months.

I think I often learn just as much as my kids do during the school year. Sure, I know how to add and spell and eventually remembered how to multiply fractions. But I’ve learned something important about my kids each year too.

This year, Justus’ first year in school, has taught me, even made me a fan of, just waiting. He was already six when school started in August. We were asked if he would be entering kindergarten or first grade. We really weren’t sure. He was a little more advanced than a typical in-coming kindergartener, but not quite up to the level of a first grader. He is also a big kid. We were afraid he would stand out in a kindergarten class.

So eventually we decided to give him a little head start by putting him in kindergarten instead of allowing him to struggle to catch up. There’s no way we could know it was the perfect choice for him until it was too late to change our minds. We had to hope that our educated guess didn’t screw up his school experience.

What I learned is that if you are questioning it, always wait. He did wonderful as a kindergartener! He had a mastery of the basic skills that enabled him to learn the new skills quickly and correctly. He was confident in himself and he had huge amounts of success in his first year of formal schooling. This big injection of pride is ready to follow him through his next years of education. I am so incredibly thankful for the decision we made this time last year.

Yes, he recognizes that he is older than most of the kids in his class. He celebrated his seventh birthday last month while going to lots of other sixth birthday parties. But he feels like he fits right where he is. He has made friends and learned so much. Our decision to just wait was such a blessing in his life. I know that for the rest of his education, he will be able to be proficient and when it comes time, to compete academically. This is so much better than knowing he would always be half a step behind.

I don’t ever feel like we “held him back.” He’s right where he belongs.


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