I`m not sure on this. In my state you don`t have to keep attendance for a child until they are 6 years old. (And it doesn't state if that has to be kindergarten or 1st grade.) So I was waiting until dd is 6. She will be 6 in Sept. We have been doing things all along, but kinda spotty because she did not have a long attention span. She is getting a lot better now though. I was going to start kindergarten with her this year, but I am hearing and seeing things that make me think that she should be starting 1st grade. When I was in school, you started 1st grade when you were 7. I guess thats what I was going by. Some things she could do in 1st grade, but I don`t want to overwhelm her. So I was thinking of doing kindergarten anyway. I mean isn't that the beauty of home schooling? You can do what you think is best for your child?
My dd would have only been in Kinder this year because of how her birthday falls. But She will be doing 2nd grade work and she will turn 7 in october. We started earlier because she wanted to. Thats the good thing about homeschooling you can go as fast as you want to or as slow as you need to.
Do you feel she is "ready" to start school? If so, go ahead and do it more formally. I think most schools consider 5 as Kindergarten age, and 6 as 1st. But these are NOT hard and fast! YOU are in charge and can do as you think is best for your child. Regardless, I wouldn't report her until you had to! In Ohio, it is not required that you assign your child a grade level.
In our state if you are not 5 by September 1st you are not supposed to start kindergarten. So I would say, that 6 for first grade....meaning have to be 6 by September 1st.
Of course my son's birthday is the 12th so he'd not qualify, but he can read already. Now for math he's doing well with adding, but doesn't like to subtract so I stepped back and we're playing games and such to build confidence, then we'll go back to the subtraction.
If you're planning on homeschooling, i wouldn't necessarily consider grade as much as aptitude....maybe as a loose guidance for what materials to buy.
For example, my eldest is doing 2nd grade....when I got the 1st grade materials, i was able to let her test out of a few of the units b/c she knew the stuff already - I had already covered it a different way....didn't want to bore her. We use Alpha Omega Lifepacs. She loves it. I love that she loves school.
I would, when looking for a curriculum, start based on where her knowledge is now and build from there. Several companies also ofter tests so you can find where she'd fit in their curriculum.
That truly is the beauty of homeschooling. You can go with whatever level she is on regardless of age. You don't have to classify her as k or 1st only. If she can do 2nd grade reading and k math then go with that and work on what you need to.
Grace turned 4 in January and we will begin k in the fall. If she was in ps she would not be able to go to k until the fall of 2008!
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Even though we call what my 5 yr old does "kindergarten" she is reading at first grade level, math at first grade (in fact we are using Saxon math for first), and the I use FIAR with her for the rest.
My "2nd grader" just turned 7, but reading at a 3-4th grade level, math at 3rd (we used a slight more aggressive math this year, and she starts leaning multiplication next week!) and her writing really improved where she is now writing full page stories with illustrations.
My 5th grader writes like a 3-4th grader (his parents both have ATROCIOUS handwriting and he's a lefty to boot, plus he's only 10, and 10 yr old boys just don't think writing is important right now! Three strikes against the poor guy!) But his math is 5th-6th, and most of his history and reading is 7+.
My point here is that it really doesn't matter what grade you call it, you will inevitably work with you child at his or her level, not some prescribed grade level - you child may read at second grade level (2.0 second grade - 0 months), do first grade math, but write like a kindergartener.
My kids DO like being able to say what grade they are in so they are like their friends, and it helps me to serve as a guide (a checklist) of what we may need to cover over the course of a year, or what we may need to catch up on if we missed it.
Grades are truly relative. Just have fun -- that's what we try to do with our homeschool.
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