Thank you in advance for any ideas or suggestions.
My son will be starting kindergarten next year... We are moving to a new state and much smaller town in the spring. We're moving from a PT K district to a FT K district.
I was counting on PT K, and I'm having a really hard time dealing.
I've asked the principals at both elementary schools in the new town if my DS could go PT. One said no and the other said it would be my choice to put him in PT, but then he would just come for the morning academics and would miss all the fun classes like library and PE, and that I would be cheating my DS, and also that my DS would be the only child doing PT at school and that would cause some social issues. Yuck. But something about FT feels really wrong. The new town has 2 public elementary schools and no alternative schools and no home-schoolers.
My son is very bright, he's also extremely sensitive. He is outgoing and really puts himself out there, and gets emotionally trampled more than any other kid in his pre-school (or at the park, etc.). And these incidents effect him sometimes for hours and sometimes even weeks. His current preschool is a co-op preschool with a hired teacher, so I'm there a lot of the time, and try to teach him the skills to deal with these situations ('if she doesn't want to play today, lets look around the room and see who looks like they would want to play' or whatever.) Neither of his teachers have ever noticed any of the emotional stuff going on in class, and his new teacher will have twice as many kids, so I'm assuming he'll be on his own once K starts. More so because I visited the two kindergartens in the new town, and the only K class I saw any love in had a sub.
Also, I'll miss my DS like crazy and I feel like he's being stolen from me. The teacher will spend more time with my DS than me, and chances are she will barely know him. Of course I wouldn't make any choices about his education based on my loss, but it hurts.
Do I have alternatives to FT K that I haven't thought of? Or are there ways to prepare for this, for both my DS and me, that will make this OK?