I'll share this thought today, the latest in my stress worrying. The Younger is turning five this summer, which makes her old enough for Kindergarten in the fall. We're (mostly me) considering not sending her to K-garten but rather keeping her in a 5-year program at her pre-school and then just skipping K altogether. It's not required in the state, so this should be an option that the school can't fight us on.
Prior to the Elder's Kindergarten experience, we debated a few options, including half-day Kindergarten, which we're both much bigger fans of, but ultimately decided that we need to suck it up and support the system that we teach in figuratively as well as literally. So,
And she was bored. And it set a kinda negative tone about school that we're still hearing 3 years later.
I'm fully aware the the Younger is a different little person than her older sister, but for all intents and purposes academically, they're very similar at this point. In other words, I'm anticipating more of the same, and I'm weighing our options again because we can make a decision. What a blessing.
I've talked with the pre-school director and the Elder's first-grade teacher, getting a bit of insight from both school perspectives. Later this week, I'll be picking the brain of her current pre-school teacher. And folks, I'm still all here and there and every which way about it. Another blessing is that we don't technically have to commit for about another 2 months yet. We also live out of district of the school system that we chose for our kids, so a small part of me wonders if this would be a reason that they wouldn't accept the Younger in another year for 1st grade.
But Kindergarten is not required in this state. She has had 3 years of a formal schooling experience. She's learned to socialize with her peers and to follow instructions. She doesn't need to practice colors ad naseum. And, she'll get about 9 weeks of a refresher at the beginning of 1st grade that, frankly, makes me think that she'll just pick up whatever she might have not mastered in her alternate-Kindergarten experience.
I know some that stop by to read my ramblings are likely to have some perspective on this. I'm very open for thoughts on this, knowing that you all don't really know my child all that well (or at all). I'll be frank here, though - homeschooling isn't so much an option (though we'll happily supplement if we do choose the 5-year old class, pre-school option). But please, share some insight! I'll gladly offer you some thoughts about how the upcoming season is looking for my boys (baseball, my friend, baseball). Or, I'll send you some cookies. Your choice.