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Level for 6 year old Kindergartener

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Kayla S
8/27/2019
My son is turning 5 soon but has a late September birthday and therefore won't be entering Kindergarten at our local homeschool co-op until next year when he will be about to turn 6. We are doing a different homeschool preschool program this year for PreK and he's doing really well with it but I am wondering what level of MBTP he will need for K next year.. 4-5? 5-7? He is very smart and loves books but isn't reading on his own yet (maybe he will be a little by next year?) and I wouldn't necessarily call him "gifted".

I don't want to push him too far ahead being that one of our reasons for homeschooling is to be able to enjoy childhood and pursue interests outside of academics as much as possible, but I also don't want to hold him back.
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Apollina W
Stone Mountain, GA
8/31/2019
I would wait until next summer and then decide. You never know how much progress he will make this year. There is a placement assessment on the 5-7 page you could have him do at that time as well.
I am using 4-5 for my son for kindergarten this year, and he will be six in December. I think MBTP's recommendation is that you use 5-7 for kindergarten if your child is already reading simple books independently, and 4-5 if they're not.
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Apollina W
Stone Mountain, GA
8/31/2019
I will also say that I used 5-7 last year with my daughter for first grade, and there is quite a bit of writing in it and there are lessons on things like identifying the preposition in a sentence. By the end of the year, they are adding and subtracting two-digit numbers and analyzing the emotional development of a character. So it's not just the reading level that you want to take into consideration.