Parents often wonder they should enroll their five-year-olds in Kindergarten or hold them back a year. Matthew Ladner, writing for the Jay Greene blog, says that age matters, but not school-starting age.
I've had to make this decision with my four children. I'd been told that if it's a boy with a summer birthday, they should probably be held until they're six to start Kindergarten. I followed that advice with my two sons with August birthdays. Most school districts use the Oct. 1 funding deadline as their cut-off point. Since boys mature slower and they'd rather be the first in their grade level to get a driver's license, rather than the last, I think it was a good decision to hold my two sons for another year.