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Thread: Best month to have a baby
April 12th, 2013 04:06 PM #51Senior Member
My darling Marian Illyria Aphrodite, March 2013 & Little Bunny (a girl!) due 9th of February 2014
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April 12th, 2013 04:33 PM #53
In most states, there's a set date in early fall and children who have turned five by that date would start that year while children who turn five, say in October or November of that year, would wait and start the following year...so most kids are 5 but some are just barely 5 and others are about to turn 6. (Elab on my last post, I'm in Connecticut and I think we're the only state with a December 31 cut-off. Children start the calendar year they turn five whether or not they're 4 or 5 when school actually begins in the fall) Hope that makes sense.Olivia Józefa: July 2013 . Expecting #2: July 2015
April 12th, 2013 04:52 PM #55
Just to elaborate a bit further: In Ontario most kids do two years of kindergarten: They start junior kindergarten in the calendar year they turn 4, so some will not have turned 4 yet. Kindergarten is often a half-day program (although there is a push to have full-day programs) and involves a lot of play-based learning, so it's not rigorous academics or anything. You start Grade 1 when you're around 6 years old.
Like @uselesskitty, I am a late-September baby, so I started school when I was 3, but I was never behind in school. Actually, we had a lot of fall babies in my year. Must be those cold Canadian winters! :-)
In terms of best time to have a baby.... I'd go with April or May. It's far enough from Christmas, and would avoid pregnancy in the hot summer months (well, in this hemisphere anyway).Miriam ~ Helena ~ Estella ~ Beatrice ~ Anastasia ~ Veronica ~ Sarah ~ EstherPaul ~ Wesley ~ Walter ~ Edmund ~ Isaac ~ Abram ~ Gabriel
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April 12th, 2013 05:01 PM #57Senior Member
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England kids start school the September after they turn 4 and it sounds like in (most of) the US they'd start the September after they've turned 5.
Based on a little Google-ing I've just done, it seems that kindergarten is more like our Year 1 in terms of age (5-6 years old) but more like reception in that it's the first year of proper school. Thus, in the US, children start formal school a year later than in England?
Just to get my head round this, I'll do an example. If there's a child born in Oct 2007, she'd have started reception in England in Sep 2012. In the US she wouldn't start kindergarten until Sep 2013, but in the Connecticut example you've given, she'd start school in the autumn of the year she turned 5- so Sep 2012.
If that's correct then I finally think I understand! If not, I'm a lost cause!
April 12th, 2013 05:05 PM #59Junior Member
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My accountant husband says he will be very upset if we have a baby in January... since he'll have to wait an entire year for the tax break!! (Honestly he could care less, but at least he's thinking!!)