Ellie started kindergarten this week, with a tweak of the rules. She is very ready. Unfortunately, the local school districts strictly require that a child be five by August 1 to enter. Her birthday is August 20. However, some of the charter schools in the city proper (Americans know what I mean) can do what they want with the age rules. So, the kid has started at one of them and will be eligible for first grade anywhere next year. Not too heavy on experimental technique yet but it's a good start.