"Redshirting" a kindergartner -- in other words, holding her back a year -- has doubled in popularity as of late. But it wasn't the right choice for my daughter.
This was a question that once weighed heavily on my mind. Our school district's birthday cut-off is December 1, and my daughter's birthday is a week before that. So I knew that sending her to kindergarten at 4 would mean that she would likely be the youngest in her class.
But my daughter had always done very well in preschool and was mature for her age. Plus, she was TALL. In fact, she towered over her class. By sending her to kindergarten a full year later, would she be some freak of nature, taller than most second-graders? That was a big fear.
I know that many say holding kids back is a good idea. If they're older and more mature, they'll do better in school, some say. But my instinct -- mother's intuition, if you will -- was telling me to send her at 4. So that's what I did.
She is going into first grade now, and I feel we made the right decision. She handled kindergarten beautifully and seems to be adjusting to first grade so far. And, yes, she is still the tallest girl in her class -- but not by much.
When it comes to redshirting, I think it's just a very individual decision -- one that can only be made on a case-by-case basis.
Did you redshirt your kindergartner? Why or why not?