I have been reading the skip a grade thread with interest only because my situation is the opposite. My youngest has a July birthday (born 3 weeks early, so really should have been an August baby) and because of a speech delay and sensory issues was in county intervention and then special ed preschool. The district pretty much forced my son to enter kindy when he turned 5 despite his deficiences by saying all programs would stop if I redshirted him (no PT, OT, Speech, etc). My heart said hold him back, but also felt he needed the support so off to Kindy he went. He actually did better than expected socially, but with lots of quirks and a caring teacher, and poorly academically, but they passed him onto 1st with an IEP of Kindy expectations. Same story. Now he is in second and his academic gap is still about 1-2 years. He is doing solid first grade work, but poor 2nd grade. If I red shirted him he might not need all this "support" and he wouldn't come home crying because "he can't read." At his IEP meeting last week they talked about him doing a modified state test in third grade. If they just waited a year, I think he would be fine! Third grade is a game changer where the training wheels come off and there are higher independent expectations of the kids which my son is not ready for. We plan on homeschooling him next year. He does best with one on one interaction (as stated by the school's support team) in short bursts and hope to catch him up in a couple of years to renter at 5th when all his peers from several elementary schools are feed into the middle school. But we will see when HE is ready. Now granted, my son has issues, but for those parents who chose to delay their children's entry to formal schooling, what has been your experience and reasoning?