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Okay, my daughter is 5 and will turn 6 just days before ps starts here. She attended K at ps and it was very stressful to her; we have decided going into full day first grade at PS is not the best option for her. We've found a PS umbrella program that (miraculously!) lets the parent be primary educator (at home) and decide what materials the $2000 allotted to each child in our district will be spent on-- ie: they give you 2K a year (in thirds) to spend on learning materials for your child!
So this program sounds like the best of both worlds, but here is my dilemma--
although she scored 100% on her K exit assessment, I honestly do not believe that she truly KNOWS and UNDERSTANDS the material, she just happens to be a good "hoop jumper" and is very smart/dramatic, can "fake" her way thru the system without really concretely understanding the task she has just completed. My mom voice inside says that we need to go back to basics and work with those until they are understood.
So I fear that if I go with the district option, they will push us to push her into 1st grade (which I feel is a big root of the problem, we didn't know it would be better to wait a year before K and now are seeing confidence, behaviour etc. problems because of that).
I would like to re-Kindergarten a half day at home without the pressure of mastering the 1st grade standards this year. On the other hand, I know we will be doing 1st grade work (and probably staying right on target for "standards" without even really trying) because that is where she's at academically--- the issue is not academics, more just that she's not in the developmental place to be in a traditional 1st grade program.
Anyways, the district-give-you-$-for-HS program does require that you log hours and participate in standardized testing (which I abhor even tho I think she would handle them fine). From the website (google mesa valley vision if interested):
"720 logged hours between July 1 and May 31 each school year.....
The only part-time option available is for kindergarteners. Kindergarteners are only required to log half the hours (360) and they receive half the funding for their Individualized Learning Plan ($1,000)."
So.....those of you who have logged hours, jumped through the state hoops of daily scheduling, etc., how difficult is it really to log 720 hours? We will probably be doing that much just by living a learning lifestyle, right? (leaning toward year round Waldorfish unschooling here).
I just don't want to enroll her in 1st grade (even tho she's "on level" for G1) and then feel like we have all this academic pressure, she's five, you know?! On the other hand, I know the district will not hold a kid back in K when they are acing through the hoop jumping dance.
I could just not enroll her at all (she will still be under the age for compulsory schooling by just a few days) and design our own k/1 no pressure shoe string program......however; there are a lot of good things about the district HSer program (loads of tutors in myriad of subjects, the costs go to the school not the family, likeminded hser community, etc.).
So I don't know, I just feel like I have to fight to keep my kid from being academ-ified (that can't be a real word) before she's ready. She's still in toddler mode in many ways, and I just don't want to rush her thru her precious childhood by requiring intellectual work that is not yet developmentally appropriate.
Anyways, sorry, long and rambling, but I would appreciate feedback. Thanks!
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