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Old 01-23-2009, 11:00 AM
 
Location: Winter Springs, FL
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We're moving from NY to FL with a 5 & 3 yr old. Logistically I don't know if we'll be able to wait until the school year ends. I know it's only kindergarten but I'm worried that my 5 yr old will have an especially difficult time.
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Old 01-23-2009, 11:42 AM
 
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We're moving from NY to FL with a 5 & 3 yr old. Logistically I don't know if we'll be able to wait until the school year ends. I know it's only kindergarten but I'm worried that my 5 yr old will have an especially difficult time.
I don't know your 5 yr old's personality, but I do know that when my daughter was in kindergarten several new students arrived mid year, and they actually became really "popular" and seemed to fit right in. I think at that age kids find new students even more exciting than when they are in upper grades, so it might actually make the transition a bit easier. In a way mid year might also be beneficial because this way your child will have already made some friends for first grade next year. Good luck!
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Old 01-23-2009, 11:46 AM
 
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I don't know your 5 yr old's personality, but I do know that when my daughter was in kindergarten several new students arrived mid year, and they actually became really "popular" and seemed to fit right in. I think at that age kids find new students even more exciting than when they are in upper grades, so it might actually make the transition a bit easier. In a way mid year might also be beneficial because this way your child will have already made some friends for first grade next year. Good luck!
Took the words right out of my mouth! Very true. Still happening at my 4th grader's level. I really don't think it will be problem. Good luck!
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Old 01-23-2009, 11:51 AM
 
Location: Denver 'burbs
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At your kids age it really doesn't matter - actually, the more I think about it I think that the middle of the year is preferable in this instance for the same reasons posted...
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Old 01-23-2009, 12:19 PM
 
Location: Right where I want to be.
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My DH grew up in a military family and went to over 16 school in 11 years, some in foreign countries. Kids are very adaptable. Don't make a big deal out of it.
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Old 01-23-2009, 12:22 PM
 
Location: San Marcos, CA
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We're moving right now with my son in the middle of Kindergarten. We're not moving that far so I we had the option of keeping him in his old school, but we decided that it would be better for him to make the change now.

Our thinking is that it will be better for him to start first grade with familiar surroundings and familiar faces since that will be a time of adjustment and change in and of itself. He's on the shy side so having built in friends during that phase is probably going to be worth having to settle into a new routine during kindergarten where as the "new kid" he's going to get extra attention anyhow.
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Old 01-23-2009, 02:30 PM
 
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At that age kids love the new classmates! And you will meet kids to hang with over the summer rather than moving there and having a summer of no one to play with.
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Old 01-23-2009, 02:34 PM
 
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Kids are pretty adaptable and they are young. I agree that it is probably better now that way they make friends for the summer. I know in my kids classes in the lower grades it was always fun for them to meet and make friends with the new kids.
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