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post #21 of 58
Me!

My oldest just turned five and will (probably) start Kindergarten in the fall, at our local public school.

I still consider keeping him home next year. He learns really well independently, says he doesn't want to go to school, et cetera. He learned to read recently--I taught him in about 2 weeks of 30 minutes a day. He attends a Reggio Emilia preschool program put on by the public school district, and he often says he doesn't want to go, despite his teachers' reassurances that he is enthusiastic about every activity, and that he fits in really well socially and has a lot of friends. All this has me second-guessing what to do with him next year. But I'm going to go ahead and register him in a couple weeks...then I'll have a few months to decide for sure.

Happy to have found you guys!
post #22 of 58
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i have a new theory redpajama....called "no decision is EVER final" it's what's gotten me through dh's resistance to the idea of homeschooling. I figure we have agreed, and I found a magnet school that has a lot of parent involvement required, field trips, and a lot of interaction between all ages.

I figure we will either be happy with it, which will be great, *or* we won't be and we will revisit our options.

Even if you go as far as sending him for awhile and seeing how it goes, it's not "final." He's still YOUR kid, you can revisit and decide what's best for him! good luck
post #23 of 58
This is the approach we took for a long time with our oldest son. We just didn't know how things were going to work out so we just made decisions year by year. Felt better than saying 'this is for the next 12 years!' So far he has made it to 9th grade in public school but we still take it year by year! We still know our alternatives and keep them in mind all the time.
post #24 of 58
My second son will, hopefully, be starting kindergarten at a private K-12 this fall. I say hopefully because we are waiting to find out if we will get financial aid. If we don't get enough aid to afford it, we'll be homeschooling.
post #25 of 58
My youngest is starting in Fall 2010 as well. She already attends pre-K in the school district. Her schedule will only change by about 30 minutes each day and the addition of one extra day (she goes MTWTH now).
post #26 of 58
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i have a new theory redpajama....called "no decision is EVER final" it's what's gotten me through dh's resistance to the idea of homeschooling. I figure we have agreed, and I found a magnet school that has a lot of parent involvement required, field trips, and a lot of interaction between all ages.

I figure we will either be happy with it, which will be great, *or* we won't be and we will revisit our options.

Even if you go as far as sending him for awhile and seeing how it goes, it's not "final." He's still YOUR kid, you can revisit and decide what's best for him! good luck
Yeah--this is how I'm approaching it. I'm so back-and-forth about it that I've decided it would be easier to have him all set to go to school and then un-register him, than to not get him signed up and be trying to register him at the last minute. (Plus I want to make sure he has a spot in the elementary school that is walking-distance from our house, and not one of the ones that are across town.) But I know we'll be wrestling with this decision for a while--I just feel really conflicted about it, either way.
post #27 of 58
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I'm pretty sure we are starting! Yikes. I can't believe it. My little one turns 5 in November, and we have a December cut-off. She'll be young for sure, but she sure does seem ready. I hope I don't regret sending her. It's the hardest decision ever.
We are in the exact same boat. I was always the youngest in my class (oct bday) and I turned out just fine.
post #28 of 58
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This is the approach we took for a long time with our oldest son. We just didn't know how things were going to work out so we just made decisions year by year. Felt better than saying 'this is for the next 12 years!' So far he has made it to 9th grade in public school but we still take it year by year! We still know our alternatives and keep them in mind all the time.
All of the "no decision is ever final" posts are very encouraging to read. It looks like we'll be going to kindy in the fall after much research into all of our options. DH would love to be a homeschooling family but I'm feeling burned out SAHMing and I think (I hope) a year of kindy will be fun for DS and also allow our family to catch up financially. Just knowing that we can keep our options open through the years has been such a lifesaver and keeps things in perspective.
post #29 of 58
Thanks organicmommy!
post #30 of 58
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I'm pretty sure we are starting! Yikes. I can't believe it. My little one turns 5 in November, and we have a December cut-off. She'll be young for sure, but she sure does seem ready. I hope I don't regret sending her. It's the hardest decision ever.

ditto this

My twin DDs will be 5 in Oct. We registered them last week for K.....I have mixed feelings, but they are in PreK right now and doing wonderful!! (M-TH 1/2 day) and will only be adding one 1/2 (M-F 1/2 day) next fall so I feel better about it.
post #31 of 58
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DS's kindy registration is TOMORROW--and I Have BRONCHITIS! yay...

Drugs, drugs take effect.....

I finally went and got some zithromax after 4 days of this. I figured after 4 days I should be feeling *better* not *worse* and still feverish. :P
post #32 of 58
I've looked high and low for a schooling option that I feel is a good fit for dd. We can afford none of it. I very reluctantly went and picked up the registration material the other day for the public school in our area. DD is THRILLED to go to school, which is good. I am... coming to terms with it, I guess. There are a few things that I feel better about, and I few things that I just hate. Here we go, in any case...

K is only a half day, and I feel much better about that than I do about the full day schooling that follows. I wish there was a half-day option for all grades. Homeschooling is definitely not a good fit for either one of us, but I could easily supplement a half-day of school. Not happening, though. I seriously cannot stand my lack of options here. There are no magnet schools for this age, and no charter schools in my state.

I too have taken the "no decision is final" POV at this point. We'll try this for now and see what happens. Not that I've been able to find any reasonable alternatives.
post #33 of 58
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I've looked high and low for a schooling option that I feel is a good fit for dd. We can afford none of it. I very reluctantly went and picked up the registration material the other day for the public school in our area. DD is THRILLED to go to school, which is good. I am... coming to terms with it, I guess. There are a few things that I feel better about, and I few things that I just hate. Here we go, in any case...

K is only a half day, and I feel much better about that than I do about the full day schooling that follows. I wish there was a half-day option for all grades. Homeschooling is definitely not a good fit for either one of us, but I could easily supplement a half-day of school. Not happening, though. I seriously cannot stand my lack of options here. There are no magnet schools for this age, and no charter schools in my state.

I too have taken the "no decision is final" POV at this point. We'll try this for now and see what happens. Not that I've been able to find any reasonable alternatives.
Are there specific things that turn you off about the public school? Sometimes just not knowing what they are doing at school can be hard. When my firstborn was headed to k-garten, I went in and observed two of the classes to get a sense for what it was like. I also tried to stay active and get involved with the school, so I felt like part of things there. Maybe these things would help you as well?
post #34 of 58
DS will be starting K in the fall, but we're not sure where yet. We've applied to a public school language immersion program which is lottery-based, but we won't find out until May. DS is currently in a wonderful Montessori program that we'd love to keep him in but we really can't afford it for both kids. He already goes 9-3 five days a week, so the school day wouldn't change for him if he gets into the immersion school, but there would certainly be a big difference between the small, familiar Montessori school and the giant public school(!). Also, there's a recent possibility that we might be able to get financial aid from the Montessori, so everything is totally up in the air right now. I'd previously talked myself into the idea of the immersion school, so now I'm totally confused as to what will be best for DS (and for DS2, who will automatically go wherever DS1 goes). Why is this so hard?!
post #35 of 58
I just registered DD for K in the Fall. We're both really excited. She has a late birthday, too, and we had to really make a case for her preschool to let her into their K program. She didn't win a spot in the gifted school lottery, which made me sad at first, but now I'm happy about our prospects. It sounds like a great program--lots of art and science projects, Spanish, and outdoor education. And only 16 kids per class and 3 hours a day, which I think is perfect. I have been reading the preschool's newsletter that includes what the kindergarteners have been doing for the last year and it all sounds like so much fun. I'm almost certain DD's slightly younger age will not be a big deal. In a few months, it will be interesting to hear about how the other young K kids are doing.
post #36 of 58
Jumping on board to say my twins who are 5 will be starting K in the fall.
post #37 of 58
These roll call threads often turn into nothing more than "me too" but...

we have kindergarten round-up this month. I haven't fully decided what to do... We have been homeschooling and some of the older ones and I see benefits both ways. I keep flip-flopping based on my wants. I need to look at what she needs.

Magent schools are usually public schools with a special focus. Children from the entire district apply to get in. It might be based on merits or lottery. A "magnet" is used to draw people in. It might be arts, science, international bac, agriculture, or a method such as montessori.
post #38 of 58
Woohoo! Just found out my son was offered financial aid at the school we want to send him to, so he is definitely a fall 2010 kindergartener!
He's going to be so cute in his little uniform this August!
post #39 of 58
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Woohoo! Just found out my son was offered financial aid at the school we want to send him to, so he is definitely a fall 2010 kindergartener!
He's going to be so cute in his little uniform this August!
That's great news!
post #40 of 58
My youngest starts K in the fall. He turned 5 last November, and I'm really glad he got to wait until this year to start. I'm so happy he is going to school and we are both ready for the next stage. My daughter starts middle school in the fall so big changes for everyone!
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