What is the right age for children in Canada to start their 1st grade?

My niece was born in December (she is 6 years and 7 months now) and the school authorities want to place her to the 2nd grade, with class full of older kids. Or, there is opportunity for her to go to the 1st grade, where she will be slightly older than other kids...what would be better for emotional comfort of the child? In which scenario she would be more successful? What do you think?


Also, my niece is very shy and her Englishis not fluent...

2 Answers

  • 2 months ago
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    Many people argue that it is better to be the older one in a group than the younger one, in this sort of situation.  With young children, 6 months actually does seem to matter in terms of level of development, so the younger ones are slightly behind in normal growth patterns.  This is not harmful in itself, but it can contribute to feelings of inadequacy or failure that is not truly due to inadequacy or failure.  But really, in children, any difference is seen and behaviors are adjusted in response, so being old is as bad as being young in terms of possible exclusion.

    In other words, it is complicated. Taking a cognitively and socially advanced child and shoving him down with the less-developed group (younger group) could be harmful, but taking a less-developed older child and putting him in with children of similar development condition would probably be beneficial.  There is no one-size-fits-all answer here.  It depends on the child.

  • Petter
    Lv 7
    2 months ago

    Emotional comfort, probably the first grade class.

    More successful, probably in the second grade class.

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