How will the second child be 5 1/2 in 2022, when they are due in February 2018? Wouldn't they be 4 1/2 in 2022 instead of 5 1/2?
I think you should let them start together, but in different classrooms this will let them be independent yet together.
I'm not understanding this either.. Your baby is due Feb 2018... So they would be 1 -Feb 2019. 2- February 2020. 3- February 2021. 4- February 2022. So fall of 2022 it will only be 4 1/2 years old. So they will have to be in seperate classes..
I agree that it's not the second child's fault and it's better to have them start together.
You will want to wait to decide. It depends on the child. You have nore pressing decisions..and just enjoy the journey.
It's not your second child's fault they're so close together. It seems a bit unfair to hold them back based on that alone. They will be a lot younger than their peers and always feel awkward. More awkward then if you just started them together.
I would let them start together but make sure they are in different classrooms.
I recently read a book that went in depth on why children should start kindergarten at age 6 rather than 5 1/2 and the easiest way to summarize it is that a child needs more time to develop so that they can become more attentive and it was proven in test scores that babies who had birthdays later in the year which made their parents wait to put them in school actually faired better, took more honors classes, etc because they had that extra time to develop. Just my thoughts though!
Oh, I have a strong opinion on this. LOL Definitely separate them into different school years. They will thank you and you will thank yourself. I have two boys that are 15 months apart in age. Very close. That being said, they are not twins. So, the first born is better at things that the second. That frustrates the second. And when the second is better at things than the first, that makes the first feel like poop and hurts his confidence. And that's with a grade between them. I can't imagine what it would have been like to have them in the same grade. The competition would have been unrelenting. And the fact is, they are never going to be equal like twins because they aren't twins. They have that year between them for one to develop at their own rate as well as the other one without constant comparisons by others as well as themselves.
Often too, parents regret early starts of school. Those kids often lag behind a bit and are a bit socially less mature than peers. So, I'd start child number too so they are older in their class verses youngest with the oldest being their own sibling. :>) (my answer is formed by having two kiddos in a similar situation.). good luck
I think she meant Feb 2017 there is no way she could be pregnant and due Feb 2018. She would be pregnant for 17 months. Clearly typo