For parents of children with birthdays near the deadline for children's enrollment, the debate can begin almost as soon as they were born: should we do it red? Will you be prepared for the kindergarten soon?
The red shirt, originally created as a term for college athletes who could not compete for a year to improve their abilities and extend their eligibility, is now often used to describe the act of keeping a child from Start the garden of children for an extra year. It is more common with children who have summer anniversaries or a birthday that is very close to the date of the school district.
Whether it's a real advantage of a boy being a "red shirt" is pending debate; But now, a new study indicates that students born in August and who are among the youngest in kindergarten classes are more likely to be diagnosed with ADHD.
Journalist Jenny Anderson writes for Quartz about the study, which was released this week by researchers at the Harvard Medical School.
This is how a child's birthday can shape your school experience: Imagine living in a school district with a limit on September 1, which means your child has to have five years of age before September 1 to start the school. This means that a boy named Lucas, who was five years old on August 15, will be registered in the same class as Jack, who will spend six to September 15.
Jack has been living almost 20% more than Lucas. Development, this is an eternity. You will probably have better personal control and will be better equipped to do the necessary things in the school, such as sitting and listening for long periods of time.
"As children age, small differences in age are equal and dissipate over time, but in a behavioral way, the difference between a 6-year-old boy and a 7-year-old can be very pronounced, "said lead author of the Anupam Jena study, an Associate Professor of Health Policy at the Blavatnik Institute of the Harvard Medical School. What is normal for children of five years is immature for children of six years.
The study found that in the districts with a cut-off date on September 1, children born in August were 34% more likely than their parents of sixteen years of age, to receive a diagnosis of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. Symptoms of ADHD may include hyperactivity, inattention, difficulty in sitting, lack of focus or inability to follow directions.
Speaking personally, my husband and I have seen our son. It has an anniversary end of September and in our school district, the deadline is October 1. The closer we approach the moment we had to make a decision, the clearer it was that it would not be prepared academically or emotionally-the transition from two hours of pre-school education to four-day preschool on childhood a more before turning five years. And pre-school teachers made it clear that they could not have agreed more.
Fortunately, we had the option (and the financial means) to enter into a specific pre-school program for children in this situation; It was five days a week and more academically rigorous than the regular 4-year program (but less than the children's garden). And even now, with my child advancing in the second degree, I can not imagine that it would prosper in the third degree if we had enrolled a year earlier.
But having an option is a luxury that many parents do not have. Many parents can not afford another year of kindergarten or preschool. And one of our parents in the Offspring Facebook group was forced to register their child at the home of children to maintain a variety of educational services at their fingertips.
"I was receiving pre-school therapies through a school district program for some development delays (dirty engine, fine motor, speech). These therapies expire at 5 years with the assumption that your child is then continuing therapies through of the special district of the school, "says Jennifer, whose son returned five weeks before the cut-off date of the school district of August 1.
"If he had been waiting for him for a year, his therapies would stop and would have to pay three therapists in the pocket for a year and then re-evaluate them for school district therapies, which they could have rejected. So sending it to the school and entering the school district therapies was the only solution that really made sense. "
As other parents decided to delay the start of the children's garden, their child ended up in a class with a wide range of ages, which asked her: "It will look so good Far away if everyone went when they were 5 years old or was it much more delayed because half of these children were lucky enough to wait? "
Other parents in the Facebook group say that they have -or they still are- considering everything from the social and academic skills of a child to the comparison of their physical size with children of their age. Some parents take into account their personal experiences of being among the oldest or youngest when they were in the school.
Or there are some, like Matt, who choose what might be considered a compromise: "Our current plan is to enroll in the children's garden and see how things are going," says Matt. "The worst case, the children's garden repeats a second year. All children are different, so each parent must make the best decision for their family."