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saramamalana
08-19-2005, 12:31 AM
Tonight I learned that someone I know will be teaching 3rd grade this year. I commented that I couldn't imagine her being in charge of a group of 9 year olds. Two friends then argued with me that her students would be 7/8. I stated I definitely turned 9 in 3rd grade. They both looked at me like I had two heads, which pissed me off, because I know I turned 9 that year and didn't appreciate being looked at like I was an idiot. But getting back to the point, I know I turned 9, and they're convinced that 3rd grade is for 7 and 8 year olds. One of them is an elementary school teacher, so I don't get it.

So what's your experience? Or parents, what is the experience with your children? I'm so confused! :confused:

dalej42
08-19-2005, 12:36 AM
3rd grade was one of my favorite years in school. I entered at 7 and turned 8 in January.

Telperien
08-19-2005, 12:38 AM
I went to the first few years of grade school in Louisiana, where school starts in August. (I remember how weird my sister and I thought it was when we moved to Pennsylvania and didn't have to go to school till September.) My birthday is at the end of September, so I was only four years old when I entered kindergarten. So I was seven years old when I started third grade and turned eight a month later.

Anastasaeon
08-19-2005, 12:39 AM
I was born in '78, I was in grade three during the years '86-'87. In June of '87, just before school let out, I would have turned.... *does the math*:

Nine. So, I'd say grade three is made up roughly of eight- and nine-year olds.

saoirse
08-19-2005, 12:39 AM
Nearly everybody in my 3rd grade was 8 on the first day of school. The oldest kid turned 9 in October, the youngest turned eight in October. Everyone else turned 9 sometime during the school year, or during the summer following.

Kids are suposed to start
Kindergarten at 5
1st Grade at 6
2nd grade at 7
and so on.

saramamalana
08-19-2005, 12:40 AM
But that means you're a late baby, so it's like you would have turned 8 at the end of second grade, so to speak.

I'm a January baby FWIW.

saramamalana
08-19-2005, 12:41 AM
Sorry that was referring to Harimad-Sol.

Askance
08-19-2005, 12:43 AM
I had just turned 7 at the start of 3rd class, as we called it here back then, but I had skipped 2nd class and was thus markedly younger and smaller than everyone else in my class.*

* and continued that way through my whole school career. Which I do not recommend to anyone, especially at an all boy school.

Ashes, Ashes
08-19-2005, 12:45 AM
Unless there's something funky going on with birthdates and cut-off dates, or this isn't your usual American school, most kids will be 8 or 9. 7/8 is generally second grade. Tell them a real, live teacher says so. saramamalana, you should be the one looking at them like they've got extra heads.

Telperien
08-19-2005, 12:49 AM
Yes. Cut-off dates are the real issue, I think. I went to high school with a girl whose birthday was in December, so I remember her still being sixteen for the first bit of senior year. I was relieved to know someone in my year was younger than I was. Some school districts, IIRC, set the cut-off at September 30, so someone who didn't make it would have to wait a year and thus be older than the rest of the class.

saoirse
08-19-2005, 12:55 AM
My friend from 3rd grade actually didn't start school until he was just about to turn six. Parents have a lot of leeway about when to start their kids in school. They usually do it at 5, though.

Ms Macphisto
08-19-2005, 01:01 AM
When I was looking for confirmation of my memory of the cut-off date in Alberta being the end of February, I found this list of cut-off dates in North America (http://asac.ab.ca/BI_spring02/soonlate.html). Where I grew up, the cut-off date is December 31 and my birthday's mid-October, so I turned 8 roughly 6 weeks into grade 3. It also meant that when I went to university I got to have fun watching people's reactions at the beginning of first year when I quite honestly said that I was 17.

JimOfAllTrades
08-19-2005, 01:16 AM
I was 8 when I started the 3rd grade, turned 9 in January. Almost all of the kids I went to school with also started at 8, then turned 9 during the school year or the following summer.

Hung Mung
08-19-2005, 01:20 AM
I started kindergarten at age five with my birthday in September.

I was eight-going-on-nine when I went into 3rd grade.

So, nine years old. You got it, ace.

psycat90
08-19-2005, 01:41 AM
My birthday is in August. I had just turned 8 years old going into 3rd grade.

Both of my sons were born in March so they were 8 going into 3rd, 9 by the time the school year ended.

Sounds like you got it right to me, too.

Cunctator
08-19-2005, 02:48 AM
At the beginning of 3rd class (January) I was 7. I turned 8 in May, roughly half way through 3rd class.

gfloyd
08-19-2005, 02:56 AM
I'm a July birthday, so I was eight for all of 3rd grade. They were playing with the cut off dates when I started school in the town where I went to school, so I was actually 19 days after it. But I tested or something well enough that they let me start. It was a private school, so the town's rules were merely guidelines to them.

jabiru
08-19-2005, 03:56 AM
3rd class - 1962. Started in January, as is the custom here, and turned nine in October.

elfbabe
08-19-2005, 06:55 AM
Started 3rd grade at 7, turned 8 in mid-September. I was, however, one of the youngest people in the class. Most people came in at 8 and turned 9 sometime during the year.

ShibbOleth
08-19-2005, 07:02 AM
In the USA it's most normal for children to be eight or nine years old during the third grade. Seven would be a bit ahead of the norm. So your friends were either gifted/skipped ahead a grade, didn't attend school in the USA (or didn't attend a standard US curriculum), or are misremembering things.

- Shibb, who has a seven year old currently in 2nd grade, a nine year old in 4th grade, and was eight years old during all of 3rd grade, although he turned 9 in the following July.

Scarlett67
08-19-2005, 07:47 AM
I had just turned 7 at the start of 3rd class, as we called it here back then, but I had skipped 2nd class[/SIZE]
I also skipped the second grade, so I entered 3rd grade at age 7 in September and did not turn 8 until the end of May. I graduated from high school a week after my 17th birthday.

bouv
08-19-2005, 08:19 AM
I had the misfurtune of being born in mid November (try and guess when I was conceived,) and so, with the cuttof date in Vermont being as late as January 1st ( :eek: ), I entered Kindergarden at age four, and was age four for two and a half months before turning five. So I was seven when I entered third grade, and elft thrid grade at 8. Most kids I know wehre either 8 when the entered and turned 9 during, and turned eight over the summer. There were a few kids who had birthdays in Sep. or Oct.

And yes, I was the youngest in my class, up until HS when a coupel of twins from a year below me skipped ahead a grade.

fishbicycle
08-19-2005, 08:50 AM
I started Kindergarten in 1963 at age 4 and turned 5 in October. So I would have started Grade 3 in September 1966 at age 7 and turned 8 in October.

missbunny
08-19-2005, 09:00 AM
But getting back to the point, I know I turned 9, and they're convinced that 3rd grade is for 7 and 8 year olds. One of them is an elementary school teacher, so I don't get it.

That was my experience. I went in at age 7 and turned 8 in mid-October. In my town, you had to turn 5 by 12/31 of the year you entered kindergarten, so many children started kindergarten at 4. On the other hand, parents didn't HAVE to start their children in kindergarten at age 4 even if the kid would turn 5 by 12/31; if they chose to, they could wait a whole year before starting kindergarten. Therefore, some kids would enter kindergarten at 5-almost-6. This would make them enter third grade at 8-almost-9. So 3rd grade can be for anyone from 7-9.

Some schools require that children be 5 by September 1 of the year they start. Children who turn 5 on September 2 have to until the next year, and end up being "older" than many of their classmates.

There is no "one way" in the U.S. It all depends on how the cutoff dates are set up, and when parents are allowed to start or delay enrolling their children in kindergarten.

elfkin477
08-19-2005, 09:28 AM
The city I lived in had an October 1st cut off date for starting K, so very nearly every child in my class was eight and turned nine sometime during the year or that summer.

AmericanMaid
08-19-2005, 09:31 AM
I started at age 7 and turned 8 during the year but my mom held me back from kindergarten so I was old for my grade.

hendy
08-19-2005, 11:58 AM
Sept birthday, started out as 8, turned 9 within the first month of school.

davenportavenger
08-19-2005, 12:06 PM
Started 3rd grade at 7, turned 8 in mid-September. I was, however, one of the youngest people in the class. Most people came in at 8 and turned 9 sometime during the year.Same.

saramamalana
08-19-2005, 02:13 PM
I love you all. :D

Really, thank you for helping me maintain my sanity. Of the two friends in question, one is an elementary school teacher but didn't grow up here, and the other did grow up here but teaches high school. Sometimes I just need to be right, but this was more about checking that I wasn't the only one sure of this.

OTOH it's funny to read people working out the math of how old they were at what time. I'm just one of those people that knows how old I was in whichever grade. I also have the benefit of being a 1980 baby so the math is a bit easier, heh.

butler1850
08-19-2005, 03:28 PM
I either started at 7, and turned 8 VERY shortly after the first day of school, or was 8 when the year started.

September 8 is a horrible birthdate, as I most often had my 1st day of school on my birthday which means:

a) Summer ended ON my birthday, not the happiest day of the year. or...

b) Nobody knew it was my birthday, and I got no acknolwlegement/party, etc, like the rest of the class.

ShibbOleth
08-19-2005, 03:48 PM
I started at age 7 and turned 8 during the year but my mom held me back from kindergarten so I was old for my grade.

You were old for your grade but started first grade at age 5? Did the other first graders start at age four? Where did you go to school?

Carm6773
08-19-2005, 07:40 PM
Cutoff date here (hi, Shibb!) is September 1st. I was born 6/7/73, so I was 5 when I started Kindergarten in August of 78, 6 when I entered 1st grade, 7 for 2nd, etc.. I was one of the youngest kids in the class, which is why my Mom wouldn't let me skip a grade in elementary school. The coolest thing was I graduated from high school on my 18th birthday (Class of 91 Rocks!).

I have a niece who will turn 5 on 9/15. Her parents (my sister in law and her husband) are sending her to private school. They just couldn't see keeping her back because of two weeks. I don't blame them.

My husband's bday is 9/2. He started school up north, so he graduated from HS and entered the Navy in 1983 while still 17.

Burnt Sugar
08-19-2005, 07:48 PM
I was 7. But that's the norm here. We're smarter (heh) so we start school earlier and finish earlier. Also, our school year is end of Jan to mid December.

AntaresJB
08-19-2005, 09:02 PM
My birthday is in August, and I skipped kindergarten, so I had just turned five when I started first grade, which means I had just turned 7 when I started 3rd. But because of that skipping, I was 1-2 years younger than everyone else in my class. (For the rest of my school career, as well. I was 16 when I graduated from high school and 20 when I graduated from college.)

So yeah. Third grade in US schools should be about 8-9 year olds.

whiterabbit
08-20-2005, 10:34 AM
Hmm...lessee, my brother was born ten days after my eighth birthday, and that would have been towards the end of was in second grade (our birthdays are in March), so I started as eight and turned nine in third.

Rhiannon8404
08-20-2005, 03:14 PM
I was 8 when I started, but turned 9 in January of third grade. My sone, an August baby will turn 8 just days before starting third grade next year.

Governor Quinn
08-20-2005, 03:24 PM
Entered third grade at eight, turned nine that January.

deevee
08-20-2005, 04:51 PM
I entered the second grade at 6 and then skipped the third grade so I was 7 in the fourth grade. Everyone just thought I was a small kid but I was too embarassed to tell them my real age. At 15 I could bluff my way into bars with my legal aged friends.

Caprese
08-20-2005, 07:00 PM
Where I grew up, the cut-off date is December 31 and my birthday's mid-October, so I turned 8 roughly 6 weeks into grade 3. It also meant that when I went to university I got to have fun watching people's reactions at the beginning of first year when I quite honestly said that I was 17.

Ditto, except my birthday was the end of the month, October 30.
I was in third grade back in 1962.
Cut-off dates have changed.
And a lot more people hold their kids back now.

Saint Cad
08-21-2005, 02:33 AM
Tonight I learned that someone I know will be teaching 3rd grade this year. I commented that I couldn't imagine her being in charge of a group of 9 year olds. Two friends then argued with me that her students would be 7/8. I stated I definitely turned 9 in 3rd grade. They both looked at me like I had two heads, which pissed me off, because I know I turned 9 that year and didn't appreciate being looked at like I was an idiot. But getting back to the point, I know I turned 9, and they're convinced that 3rd grade is for 7 and 8 year olds. One of them is an elementary school teacher, so I don't get it.

So what's your experience? Or parents, what is the experience with your children? I'm so confused! :confused:


I was 14.
It's a long story.

kniz
08-21-2005, 12:36 PM
My birthday is in Nov. and in Ohio at the time Nov. 1 was the cut-off. In the third grade (ages 8 & 9) we moved to Georgia which had a January 1 cut-off. For those reasons I was always the oldest in my class (except for those who failed a grade). I always thought it was an advantage.

When I got married our first son was born in August and the cut-off was September 1. That meant he'd be the youngest in his class. There was a meeting for parents who wanted to appeal the year their children began school. My wife couldn't go, so I went. There were three women there and of course they went first. All of them said "My little _________ is so smart and is maturing fast. I want him/her to start at age 4." Because of sentiments expressed to those requests, which were all granted, I threw up my hands and said my boy would start that year. However, when we moved to Mississippi, we held both boys back a year. That meant the oldest repeated the 3 grade (he was 7, 8 and 9 in the third grade) and the youngest (also born in August) repeated kindergarten (which we remind him of at every opportunity). Both now say it was a very good thing.

Laughing Lagomorph
08-21-2005, 12:49 PM
I was seven at the start of third grade and turned eight in January of that year. But I was a special case, being almost a full year younger than everyone else in my grade for my entire school career.

(Like Askance I do not recommend this experience to anyone especially for a kid who is already on the small size for his age).

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