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To: aruanan

Thank you for chiming in. I was from “back then” as well. I was 5 when I entered kindergarten, I turned 6 in November. In my school we didn’t have any 4 year olds in kindergarten. My wife’s parents had to get a waiver signed by their doctor in order for her to enter kindergarten. She turned 5 in August. When our kids went to kindergarten they had to be tested if they turned 5 after June.

Different states have different requirements but I would be very interested where you get the statistic that “about 1/3 of the kids” entered kindergarten when they were 4 in 1961.


42 posted on 02/20/2010 8:36:41 PM PST by fireman15 (Check your facts before making ignorant statements.)
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To: fireman15
Different states have different requirements but I would be very interested where you get the statistic that “about 1/3 of the kids” entered kindergarten when they were 4 in 1961.

I didn't say 1961. In Illinois it was somewhere in the very late 1950's that the 5th year birthdate was moved to a date in November of the school year of kindergarten enrollment. I remember when it was moved to November sometime after I was already in school. Then it was changed to near the beginning of the school year. Now it's before the beginning of the school year.

How I got to the statistic was

1. if the cut-off birthday for entering kindergarten was turning 5 year by, roughly, the midpoint of the school year in which the child started kindergarten, sometime in January,

2. if births are more or less distributed evenly throughout the calendar year,

3. if most parents put their kids into kindergarten the first year they were eligible, and

4. if there are 4 months of school from September through December,

5. then there were kids whose 5th birthday occurred after the start of school in September and before the midpoint of the school year, a period of about four months. So 4/12 = 1/3.

I have exceedingly clear memories of this because I was started when I was four with a birthdate near the end of November. I held out until shortly after Christmas, after which my mom pulled me out and told the school I was just too young. I waited until the next fall and started kindergarten for the second time. The next fall, when I started first grade, was when my sister, who was born 18 months after me, started kindergarten at five years of age, having been born in May.
43 posted on 02/21/2010 4:58:30 AM PST by aruanan
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