For many parents, the first day of preschool is a milestone in their child’s life. It is an emotional event that marks the first step on the long road of education. It’s also a very important decision that must be made. It is a commonly accepted fact that boys develop at a slower rate, especially in the early years of life. Parents are often faced with a handful of important questions:
- Should I start my son early so that he can have a head start?
- Should I wait and let him be one of the older ones in his class?
- What is the best age to start preschool?
These are very important, and difficult, questions for parents.
School requirements in Algeria
In Algeria, the Ministry of Education and Sports sets standards for school policies. They do not have a rule that children must attend pre-school education, what we call nursery school. Their role is to delegate this decision to head teachers, school management committees and local authorities at the district level.
Things to Discuss:
What do you think is the best age to start school?
Should the starting age be different for boys?
What reading implications are there for boys?
What are things like in your country?