This evening Dave and I registered Emma for the Kindergarten class of 2009 - 2010. Last year at this time I did the same exact thing just so Emma could be tested for early entrance into Kindergarten. In Ohio state law requires that a child be 5 by either August 1st or September 31 of the school year they would start. If they are not but will be by December 31 of that year and a parent request it the school has to test the child for early entrance. Early entrance in Ohio means the child is gifted so if they are 4 they should be at or above the level of a 6 year old in the three areas of Social, Academic, and Developmental.
A few weeks after filling out the crazy long enrollment packet Emma was tested and she passed the social and academic sections with flying colors but did not pass the developmental because she couldn't tie shoes, dribble a basketball, or cut a circle out good enough. It was very frustrating for us last year at this time because even the school counselor could tell that Emma was more than ready to start school but according to state law she couldn't.
Well this year because she was 5 well before August 1st of the school year she will start she gets to go no matter what. In a mere 5 months my baby girl will start school and she couldn't be more excited. It has killed her this year to watch all her friends from the babysitters go to school. At least twice a week if not more she has asked when she gets to go to school and she never likes the answer of in the fall.
Now I just hope she continues to like school this much once she starts it. I guess I will find out very soon.