You’re tiring over my education ramblings, I know.
Oh, how I wish I could turn back time to two weeks ago, when positivity was all around. Life was looking up.
And then…….. well……. you know.
So this kindergarten thing has served a purpose. It has taken my mind off of wallowing in self pity from the miscarriage.
It gave me a MISSION. A GOAL.
I’ve been to two private schools since my last post. One good (more on that in a sec) and one I didn’t feel good about. I have one more appointment on Saturday. So far, I’ve put down one check for registration as of today. We may or may not end up at this school, but I wanted a sure thing, so I got it if I want it.
You know what was weird researching these schools, visiting and asking questions? I came to the realization that Kindergarten nowadays is far more academic than I imagined.
Oh pshaw, Shelli….. you didn’t know that???
In my mind, I knew it, sure. I am so used to going to David’s Pre-K school, and seeing him mostly playing and having fun, with a secondary emphasis on academia. The school he is at now goes by the belief “Learning through play”… which is a common one among daycares and preschools.
But when I toured this particular new school yesterday (which I subsequently went back today and put down my check) I was… I don’t know…scared.
This school offers an environment that is vastly different. Sure, there’s still playground time (and art, and music), but the class time is serious. I saw 17 five year olds sitting at little tables with books, and papers and #2 pencils. Smiling and raising their hand rather than jumping out of their seat and yelling for Cheez-Its.
And I panicked.
Is David ready for this?
So I asked my questions, talked to the teachers and some of the students who seemed five going on fifteen. Ok, I exaggerating. They were well-behaved, intelligent little people that looked like they LOVED learning.
And it stirred very odd emotions in me.
My baby is going to be FIVE in May. And in September he is going to SCHOOL, not daycare. He is going to LEARN. And WRITE and READ. Jeez, he could be writing a symphony by first grade for all I know.
Good lord, this just dawned on me. And I know you are probably reading this and laughing at my oversight.
So check in hand, I also made an appointment to bring David in for a pre-test in April. Placement, if you will. Because at this school they have THREE levels of Kindergarten. Which I liked the idea of. Because it allows the child to learn at the pace comfortable for them.
So it was an eye opening day. We are not 100% on this school yet, but it’s a start.