For parents of children whose birthdays are just before the registration deadline for the kindergarten, the debate can begin almost immediately after birth: should we give him a red shirt? Is she ready for the kindergarten soon?
Red-Shirting, originally intended as a term for college athletes who had not competed for over a year to improve their skills and expand their abilities, is now often referred to as the Kindergarten's description of a child of it stop to go to kindergarten for another year. It is most common in children who have summer birthdays or a birthday just before the school district's deadline.
Whether it's really in the best interests of a child to be "red shirts" is up for debate. Now a new study shows that students born in August, who are among the youngest in their kindergarten classes, are more likely to suffer from ADHD.
Reporter Jenny Anderson writes for Quartz about the study, which was published this week by researchers from Harvard Medical School.
This is how a child's birthday can shape his or her school experience: Imagine you live with a Sept in a school district. 1Termination, which means that your child must be five years old by the 1st of September to start the school. This means that a boy named Lucas, who turned 5 on 15 August, will enroll in the same class as Jack and turn sixteen on 15 September.
Jack lives almost 20% longer than little Lucas. Developmentally, this is an eternity. He will probably have better self-control and be better equipped to do the things that are needed at school, such as: For example, sitting and listening quietly.
"As children get older, small age differences balance with time. But in terms of behavior, the difference between a 6-year-old and a 7-year-old could be very pronounced, "said Anupam Jena, lead author of the study. He is a professor of health policy at the Blavatnik Institute of Harvard Medical School. What is normal for a five-year-old is immature for six-year-olds.
The study found that children born in August were 34 percent more likely to have their children in districts with a September 1 deadline than their children Almost one year of older September peers received a diagnosis of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. ADHD symptoms may include hyperactivity, inattention, difficulty sitting, lack of concentration or inability to follow instructions.
My husband and I personally dressed our son. He has his birthday at the end of September, and in our school district the deadline is October 1st. The closer we got to the point at which we had to make a decision, the clearer it was that he was not ready Academically or emotionally – to transition from two hours of preschool four days a week to a full-day kindergarten in a month  before he was even five years old. And his preschool teachers made it clear that they could not agree anymore.
Fortunately, we had the opportunity (and funding) to include him in a pre-school program designed specifically for children in this situation. It was five days a week and academically stricter than the regular four-year program (but less than kindergarten). And even now that my son is in second grade, I can not imagine that he would succeed in third grade if we enrolled him a year ago.
But having a choice is a luxury many parents reject. & # 39; t have. Many parents can not afford another year of daycare or preschool. And one parent of our Offspring Facebook group felt compelled to register their son for the kindergarten to provide various educational services for him.
"As part of a school district program, he received pre-school therapies for motor, fine motor skills, speech due to some developmental delays (gross). These therapies will expire at the age of 5, assuming that your child will continue the therapies through the Special Education District, "says Jennifer, whose son turned five two weeks before the school district's deadline on August 1.
I had let him wait a year, his therapies had stopped, and I had to pay three therapists out of my own pocket for a year, then re-evaluate him for school ward therapies, which they could have refused. So the only sensible solution was to send him to school and take him to the school district.
Because other parents wanted to postpone the beginning of the kindergarten, her son ended up in a class with a wide range of ages, which surprised her: "Would he look back as far as if everyone went at age 5? Or is he so much more late, because half of these children were lucky enough to wait? "
Other parents in the Facebook group say they have or still have everything, from a child's social and academic skills to his or her question, their physical size is similar to children their age. Some parents consider it their personal experience to be among the oldest or youngest in the school.
Or there are some, like Matt, who opt for a compromise: "Our current plan is to take it to kindergarten and see how things work," says Matt. "In the worst case, he repeats the kindergarten for a second year. Every child is different, so each parent has to make the best decision for his family. "