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The young starter

 Our little Badoo clomped off to school today in her big shoes and her enormous hat and her even bigger bag.




She has never wavered in her determination to get to big school as soon as possible. So she is young, certainly one of the youngest. I used to think that I would never send my child to school as one of the youngest in the grade, but I've come to realise that you can't make a decision based on 'what if', you can only make a decision based on 'what now'. What's right in front of you at the time, your own child making your choice seem easy until you start to wonder what the future may hold. And yet... 

We can't wonder at the expense of wonder... that's what I think now.











As they tromped into the playground, big brother and sister two sentinels against her smallness, I knew we were making the right choice for her. That she had really made the right choice for herself.




It is done.


Uh oh.



What age were your kids when they started school?

35 comments:

Angels have Red Hair said...

My kids were both 5...the younger one almost 6...but they're boys...and I think girls are ready earlier.
I was only 4 when I started....and I didn't start till after Easter...looking back now I wonder what my parent's motivation was....but maybe I just decided I wanted to go...like right now!!
xx

Caroline said...

Hi, I can totally appreciate your concerns about this as my No 2 son started school this year at only 4 years of age. I too had my doubts, but he is extremely clever and very capable. A week into it he seems quite happy and has settled in well. I guess someone has to be the youngest in the class. xx

Mother Down Under said...

Gorgeous photos!

My son will be one of the youngest if he starts school when he is supposed to...I worry about it already but like you said you can't really make the decision until you are in that moment...or at least closer to it than two years away!

Bungalowgirl said...

My son was 4 and settled in no probe. He is small but has no lack of personality or volume so can hold his own. I started school at 4 and was the youngest in my year, started uni at 16 and had to wait ages before I could drive myself. mel x

Coal Valley View said...

Great photos Bron :-) My kids have been 5 when they start full-time school and turn 6 that year. Here they have an extra year before that first full-time year and they start at 4 but it's 3 days a week (like your preschool up there except free!). I was 4 when I started and had no problems. Girls are a bit different I think. But we didn't want our Son to start early (he is a May baby) because he wasn't really ready and there seemed to be a pattern of parents holding their boys back iin Sydney and while an 18 month age gap is ok in Kindergaten I didn't want him being 14 and in a class with 16 yr old boys down the track. Your Badoo looks MORE than ready for big school :-) Hope they all had a good week. Mel x

littlebitofthyme.com said...

Your photos are looking great Bron! All three of mine have gone to three year old kindy one day a week, then two days at 4 years (kindy), then 4 days when they are five. My youngest two are both virtually the oldest in their class, the oldest is the youngest girl in her class of 60, which shows. All the best for the school year. Us mamas need all the encouragement we can get!! have a great weekend. Tash x

Marianne said...

You are quite right to deal not with the 'what if?' but the 'what now?'. It'll work out. Promise x

Nikki @ Styling You said...

My daughter was and still is one of the youngest in her grade - she'll graduate from Y12 while still 16! I had my doubts when she was at primary school but by Y8 she'd caught up. Today she was inducted as a school leader - proof again it was a god decision.

Nikki @ Styling You said...

"Good"

LionessLady said...

Bless her cotton socks! I think you've made the right decision - you simply cant base school readiness on age alone and you as her her mamma know exactly what she is and isn't ready for!

Fiona said...

In Victoria children have to be 5 by April 30th. My eldest has his birthday on the 27th - just scraped in! It was the right time for him (to start when he was four). And yes, he's the youngest. Some of his friends are more than 12 months older, but this doesn't seem to matter to them. Everything, so far (and he's just started year 7) has been ok. May it continue that way. And we've just launched our youngest too. No more kiddos at home. Snap!

Chaos, Kids, Crochet and Cake said...

It looks like she had a busy day!
My daughter started when she was 4, birthday 14th July... She is now in yr 4 and doing so well that any doubts I might have had are gone. We had just arrived from the UK where my 3 older boys had started school, and had no time to find out that so many people hold their kids back. In Scotland there was a 2 month window but it wasn't encouraged.
On Monday my youngest starts. He'll be 5 at the end of march so young-ish again. As far as I'm concerned, he's ready, I'm ready and we're all looking forward to a brand new stage in our life. I'm already planning a blog post about it for Monday...
Sandra x

Liz Stern said...

Hi Maxabella,
All the best with school starting back!
Great photos!!

Mrs BC said...

Wow, all children at school huh? How many people have said to you 'You won't know yourself!' My youngest started school last week as well, and he has had a ball. Me too :)

oscarlucinda said...

Oh that last photo is classic. My heart skipped a beat at the thought of little Saskia starting school (she's 15 months). They are always leaving us though, right? Right from the moment they're born x

Miss Pink said...

Bluey was a mere four an a half when he started. I would not normally reccommend it, but...well sometimes when teaching our children we find they are the one's actually teaching us. There is no clear cookie cut way to parent, and each child is going to need something different from us.

Sarah said...

Gorgeous photos. Both my kids were already 5....my daughter started this week too :). My youngest is a July baby and at this stage I am like you used to be. Fairly sure I will hold her back...but who really knows. We will see where she is at when the time comes.

Corinne – Daze of My Life said...

We were tossing up the decision to send our youngest girl this year or next. I was really uncertain. Then we moved to Dubai and the decision was made for us (the international schools use the British system and they start younger (3-4). So she started last September, way earlier than I imagined and she's been fantastic. She's exhausted now as they have less holidays through out the year and the more than two months off over the summer.
Sounds like you made the right choice. x

tahlia @ the parenting files said...

We are currently trying to make that decision'for kinder. She is born in April, cut off in victoria is April. I fear her being the youngest. And their is no way to,know what the future will hold. So true. Xx

kell said...

And she looks delighted to be there too! Those photos are gorgeous Bron. I hope your week went well xx

Kymmie said...

Oh my, those are the most adorable photos of your children. That Badoo, well, I could EAT her.

She is so beautiful. I can see that cheekyness in her face!

My boys were both born in May so they HAD to start when they are 5 1/2. And exactly 5 1/2 they'll be. Perfect age for boys, I'm told again and again. I'd like to start Noah early, but the state won't have it. So, we're starting 'on time'.

Such a gorgeous post. All the best. xxx

jody said...

Great photos Bron! Oh she looks so grown up, I hope she had a wonderful time! xo

ginplustonic said...

Gorgeous photos! Funny how you can see their little personalities shining through so young hey.

Pinky Poinker said...

Gorgeous photos. You are really talented!
Wish I could take photos like that.
Please take a look at my blog. Completely different to yours but you might like it! If you do would you mind sharing it?
http://cleverbunnys.blogspot.com.au/

Bean's Mummy said...

The Bean will be 5 because she's born in August...the bubba I'm about to have, being a Feb bub...well I'll have the same decision you have had to make. I started school when I was 4 and then turned 5 in April. Didn't have any probs. You've made the right decision for the Badoo I have absolutely no doubt. Hope your weekend has been a fun one! Way gorgeous photos and children you have there too. x

Lisa@RandomActsOfZen said...

Gorgeous photos Bron, couldn't help but giggle at the second one.
Bell started at Montessori when she was 3, and they were learning more than playing. She then started prep when she was 4, and has always been one of the youngest in her class. I knew she was more than ready, and there haven't been any issues with age so far.
Year 5 this week, middle college and I'm a little sad, even though she is still my baby xx

anothermotherblog said...

What lovely photos! We just sent our firstborn off to school at five and a half - she was nowhere near ready a year ago. I think kids with older siblings at school must find it all a bit more familiar (and the parents too!)

Sharyn said...

Great photos....Sent my eldest daughter to school aged 4 (turned 5 in March), she is the youngest but has thrived!!!! Going into Year 10 now. I had sleepless nights about it and was told many nasty things by other mothers...but I stuck to what my gut was telling me. So glad I did!

Life, Loves...... said...

oh gosh these pics are so cute, love seeing your kids heading off to school
J
http://lifelovesand.blogspot.ie/

Megan Blandford said...

Oh, your little Badoo reminds me of my girl! Such joy and fun in her eyes.

I would definitely send Abbey to school early if she was born on the borderline dates - not the right decision for every kid, but you can only do what you think is best for that particular child at that particular time.

Hope it all went well!

Kate said...

Gorgeous pics Mrs!
I've been so wrapped up in my own hysteria over my baby starting school that I forgot to look around and see who else is going through it too.
I make Oct/Nov kids so the school decisions have been easy.
I hope your babies have a wonderful, wonderful year. x

Lea said...

My children started the year they were turning six. I'm a fan of them being older and hopefully having a bit more maturity down the track-high school. Everyone has an opinion, lots of great reasons for both sides of the coin and the bottom line is we all just have to do what is right for our unique little person and our famiy. The photographs are absolutely beautiful. My kids are never this cooperative...do you bribe yours? haha. I especially love the last shot. Cute.

therhythmmethod said...

That is the sweetest school dress ever. And your kids have eyes like caramel. Bless their cotton socks. Good work mum. xx

Joanna Pabel said...

great photos! Happy kids.

Kate said...

This is a difficult decision and I am sure that you gave it lots of thought and did what was right for your child. As a mother of much older children I think the problems don't occur now but when the kids are going through puberty. It can be difficult to be a full year behind the other in terms of maturing bodies and maturing minds, and you will have lots of decisions about where you want your child to be going etc.when they are a year younger than the others. I know a few parents who decided to move their children to a new school after they had completed grade 6 and have them repeat grade 6 at the new school, just to give their mind and body a good year to catch up and be at the same stage as their classmates.

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