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In America, our students are grouped by chronological age and progress together through the K-12 system. While this might make sense socially, it ignores a student’s readiness. Even though unpopular, some students may actually benefit by being retained. Students who start off struggling from the very beginning can often get a better start on their formal education if retained. Being promoted with their peer group only makes sense if they can make adequate academic progress. Additionally, having teachers genuinely interested in them can make all the difference, especially if a student does not have actively engaged parents. It is recognized that most children are beginning kindergarten prepared with plenty of knowledge about letters, numbers, shapes, and other miscellaneous skills, because of the numerous educational toys and educational programs to which they have been subjected. Usually, it is easier to teach skills like staying focused on a task, organizing thoughts, impulse control and managing emotions to younger students than older ones. Starting early and focusing on these skills in Pre-K and Kindergarten may be more helpful to students in the long run than just the reading, writing and arithmetic usually taught. There is already likely a wide gap between the abilities of Pre-K and Kindergarten students before they even reach our public schools. It is at that early age that we may need to focus most to give children the background they need to succeed in the public-school •ΉΩ₯Ι½Ή΅•ΉΠΙ•…Ι‘±•Ν́½˜)Ρ‘•₯ȁͽ₯…°΅•½Ή½΅₯ŒΝΡ…ΡΥΜΈ)Q‘₯́啅ȁ₯ΈΡ‘”Q•ΉΉ•ΝΝ•”•Ή•Ι…°ΝΝ•΅‰±δ°)M•Ή…ѽȁI•₯Ή…±Q…Ρ”…ΉI•ΑΙ•Ν•ΉΡ…Ρ₯Ω”)I…Υ΅•Ν ­‰…Ι€‰Ι½Υ‘Ё±•₯Ν±…Ρ₯½ΈΡΌ…‘‘Ι•ΝΜ)Ρ‘”‘₯ ΉΥ΅‰•Θ½˜‘₯±‘Ι•ΈΝΥΝΑ•Ή‘•½Θ)•αΑ•±±•™Ι½΄-₯Ή‘•Ι…ΙΡ•ΈΈQ‘…ЁΝΥ‰©•Π‘…Μ)‰••ΈΙ•™•ΙΙ•ΡΌΝΥ΅΅•ΘΝΡՑ䁉δΡ‘”±•₯Ν±…ΡΥΙ”Έ)Q‘”™₯Ή‘₯ΉΜ…Ι”•αΑ•Ρ•ΡΌΙ•Ω•…°Ρ‘”Ω•Ι…₯Ρδ)‰•‘₯Ήέ‘δΝΌ΅…Ήδε½ΥΉœ‘₯±‘Ι•Έ…Ι”Ή½Π)Ι•…‘䁙½ΘAΙ”΅,…Ή-₯Ή‘•Ι…ΙΡ•ΈΈ%Έ…‘‘₯Ρ₯½Έ°)M•Ή…ѽȁ)•™˜e…Ι‰ΙΌΝ՝•ΝΡ•±•₯Ν±…Ρ₯½Έ½Έ)΅½Ι”™½Ι΅…±₯ι₯ΉœAΙ”΅,Έ ½Ρ ½˜Ρ‘•Ν”ΝΥ‰©•ΡΜ)…Ι”±₯­•±δΡΌ½ΉΡ₯ΉΥ”ΡΌ‰”‘•‰…Ρ•₯ΈQ•ΉΉ•ΝΝ•”°)…Ή…Ι½Ν́ё”Ή…Ρ₯½ΈΈ)=ΈΡ‘”½Ρ‘•Θ•Ή½˜Ρ‘”ΝΑ•ΡΙΥ΄°Ρ‘”ΝΡ…Ρ”₯Μ)½™Ρ•ΈΙ₯Ρ₯₯镐°Α•Ι‘…Άչ™…₯ɱ䰁…‰½ΥЁ…Έ½Ω•Θ)•΅Α‘…Ν₯́½Έ΅…­₯ΉœMΡΥ‘•ΉΡΜƒŠq ½±±•”…Ή) …Ι••ΘI•…‘δ»Šte•Π₯ΈΙ•…±₯Ρ䰁ё”•΅Α‘…Ν₯́₯́΅…₯Ή±δ)½Έ‰•₯ΉœƒŠq ½±±•”I•…‘δ»Št%ЁɅ₯͕́ё”ΕΥ•ΝΡ₯½Έ)…́Ѽέ‘δέ”…Ι”ΑΥΝ‘₯Ήœ₯Ё½ΈΝΡΥ‘•ΉΡ́ͼ‘…ɐ)έ‘•ΈΡ‘•Ι”…Ι”½Ρ‘•ΘΝ₯Ή₯™₯…ΉΠ½ΑΑ½ΙΡΥΉ₯Ρ₯•Μ)±₯­”ΡΙ…‘”½ΘΡ•‘Ή₯…°Ν‘½½±Μό%Ё΅…䁉”„‰₯…́₯Έ)½ΥȁΥ±ΡΥΙ”Έ!½έ•Ω•Θ°…±°ΝΡΥ‘•ΉΡ́ݑΌέ…ΉΠΡ‘”)½ΑΑ½ΙΡΥΉ₯ΡδΡΌΡΙ䁍½±±•”Ν‘½Υ±‰”•Ή½ΥΙ…•Έ)ΉΝΌ…±±•ƒŠq™…₯±ΥΙ—Št΅…δΙ•…±±δ‰”„Ι•ΝձЁ½˜)„‰…™₯Ё…ΉΉ½ΠΉ••ΝΝ…Ι₯±δ±…¬½˜Ν­₯±±ΜΈΙ₯Ω”°)‘•Ρ•Ι΅₯Ή…Ρ₯½Έ°…ΉΡ‘”έ₯±°ΡΌΝՍ••…Ι”…Έ)₯΅Α•Ι…Ρ₯Ω”ΡΌ₯Ή‘₯Ω₯‘Υ…°ΝՍ•ΝΜΈΉ•‘Ս…Ρ½ΙΜ)΅ΥΝЁ½ΉΡ₯ΉΥ”ΝΡΙ•ΝΝ₯ΉœΡ‘”Ω…Ι₯½ΎΑ…Ρ‘έ…έѼ)ΝՍ•ΝΜΈ)½Ω•ΙΉ½Θ ₯±°!…Ν±…΄Ν‘½Υ±‰”½΅΅•Ή‘•)™½ΘΡ‘”Ι₯Ω”ΡΌ€Τԁ%Ή₯Ρ₯…Ρ₯Ω”°„½΅΅₯Ρ΅•ΉΠΡΌ)•Π€ΤԁΑ•Ι•ΉΠ½˜Q•ΉΉ•ΝΝ•…ΉΜ•ΕΥ₯ΑΑ•έ₯Ρ )„½±±•”‘•Ι•”ΈQ‘”Ι₯Ω”ΡΌ€Τԁ₯́™½ΥΝ•½Έ)•ΉΝΥΙ₯ΉœΡ‘…Ё΅½Ι”Q•ΉΉ•ΝΝ•…ΉΜ…Ι”•ΕΥ₯ΑΑ•)έ₯Ρ Ρ‘”Ν­₯±±Μ…ΉΙ•‘•ΉΡ₯…±ΜΡ‘…Ёέ₯±°‰”Ή••‘•)ΡΌΝΥΑΑ½ΙЁё”ΝΡ…Ρ—Šé•½Ή½΅δΉ½ά…Ή₯ΈΡ‘”)™ΥΡΥΙ”Έ%Ё₯́„Ν΅…ΙЁΝΡΙ…Ρ•δΈ)]‘₯±”Ρ‘”Ι•…±₯Ρδ₯́ё…Ё½±±•”΅…䁹½Π‰”™½Θ)•Ω•Ιε½Ή”°Ι½Υ‘±δ€ΘΨ”½˜΅•Ι₯…ΉΜ…±Ι•…‘δ)‘…Ω”„ …‘•±½ΛŠé•Ι•”°…Ή₯Ё₯́±•…ȁё…ЁѼ)‰”ΝՍ•ΝΝ™Υ°₯ΈΡ‘”™ΥΡΥΙ”Ν½΅”™½Ι΄½˜Α½ΝΠ΄)Ν•½Ή‘…Ι䁕‘Ս…Ρ₯½ΈΉ••‘́х­”Α±…”ΈMՍ•ΝΜ)έ₯±°΅•…Έ΅½Ι”•‘Ս…Ρ₯½Έ₯ΈΡ‘”™ΥΡΥΙ”°έ‘•Ρ‘•Θ)₯Ё₯́ё”΅₯±₯Ρ…Ι䰁„Ρ•‘Ή₯…°Ν‘½½°°©ΥΉ₯½Θ)½±±•”°½Θ…Ё„ΥΉ₯Ω•ΙΝ₯Ρ丁Ω•Έ5½Ή…±“Šé‘…Μ+Šq!…΅‰Υɝ•ΘUΉ₯Ω•ΙΝ₯ΡηŠt€‘5½Ή…±“Šé •ΉΡ•Θ½˜)QΙ…₯Ή₯Ήœፕ±±•Ή”€Έ5½Ή…±“Šé™½ΥΉ‘•ΘI…δ)-Ι½Œ½Ή”Ν…₯°ƒŠq%˜έ”…Ι”½₯ΉœΡΌΌ…Ήεέ‘•Ι”°)έ—ŠeΩ”½ΠΡΌ‘…Ω”Ρ…±•ΉΠΈΉ°'Še΄½₯ΉœΡΌΑΥΠ)΅δ΅½Ή•δ₯ΈΡ…±•ΉΠ»Št)%Ё₯́₯΅Α½ΙΡ…ΉΠΡ‘…Ё•‘Ս…Ρ½Ί•ΠΡΌ­Ή½ά•… )ΝΡΥ‘•ΉΠ½Έ…Έ₯Ή‘₯Ω₯‘Υ…°…ΉΑ•ΙΝ½Ή…°‰…Ν₯Μ°)…Ή‘…Ω₯Ήœ½Ή½₯Ήœ½ΉΩ•ΙΝ…Ρ₯½ΉΜ…‰½ΥЁё•₯Θ)Α•ΙΝ½Ή…°½…±Μ₯Έ±₯™”΅…­•Μ„‘₯™™•Ι•Ή”ΈMΡΥ‘•ΉΡΜ)΅ΥΝЁ‰”Υ₯‘•…ΉΝΥΑΑ½ΙΡ•°Ή½Π½Ή±δ…Ё‘½΅”)½ΘΝ‘½½°°‰ΥЁ…±ΝΌέ₯Ρ‘₯ΈΡ‘”½΅΅ΥΉ₯Ρ丁e•Μ°)±₯™”΅…䁉”‘…ɐ°‰ΥЁё”•ΉΙ•ΝձЁ½˜½Υȁ•™™½ΙΡΜ)₯́ݽΙΡ ₯ΠΈΉ±•…ΙΉ₯ΉœΡ‘…Ёݑ•Έέ”™…₯°°…Ή)έ”…±°™…₯°°έ”Ν₯΅Α±δ•Π‰…¬Υΐ…ΉΡΙ䁅…₯ΈΈ%Έ)Ρ‘”•ΉΡ‘…Ё΅…䁉”Ρ‘”΅½ΝЁ₯΅Α½ΙΡ…ΉΠ±•ΝΝ½Έ)½˜…±°Έ