Q: What do I do when one or more of my multiples are ready for kindergarten but the other(s) are not?

A: First you should rule out any developmental challenges by having the child who may not be ready assessed through your school district. Spending another year in preschool may be helpful to a child who just needs time to develop additional maturity but may not address an ongoing challenge if a child has a learning disability. If a learning disability has been ruled out, you may consider holding all of the multiples back in a preschool program so that they would start kindergarten together. Another approach is to have the ones who are ready start kindergarten, but repeat it again when the others start Kindergarten which keeps them together as they go to elementary school. Some school districts offer a transitional program for children who are not quite ready. Be sure to talk with the principal of the school about other options that may be available.

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