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Wednesday, February 04, 2009

Gettin' Schooled.

So, yesterday we toured our first school for Gage to possibly attend this upcoming Fall. It offers PreK in the 3/4 yr old class, PreK in the 4/5 yr old class & on up through 12th grade.

We were very pleased with what we saw yesterday & everyone we met at the school.

We love the location of this school.

We have not however looked at any other possible schools for him.

We're considering a 3 day a week program for the first year of Prek. Then, MAYBE, a 5 day per week program for his 2nd year of Prek, and then starting Kindergarten.

So....why 2 years of Prek???
Well, his birthday falls after the start of the school year. Granted, it's RIGHT after the start of the school year---but they have a cutoff in the public schools.
Also, boys mature at a slower rate than girls (on average), so we think that it may be best for him to start Kindergarten when he is 5, and then turns 6 shortly thereafter.
He's never been in a school setting before, and we feel that he would benefit greatly from socialization with others his own age, in a structured setting. Not only is not super-used to a structured routine for learning, he's not all that used to being around a bunch of kids without his mama there!

Anyway....we've only looked at one school so far, and we like it.
I'm debating with whether or not to look at other schools at all!

So, that was the 1st half of our yesterday.
Sadly, when I picked up Gage, I told him where I'd been & I tried really hard to make school sound awesome. I did tooooo good of a job b/c Gage wanted to go to school right then & there!!!

They offer some Summer programs that we may check into just to further acclimate him to that type of environment....

Anyway...there's an update on THAT.



At 7:47 AM , Blogger JanetGephart said...

That is awesome! I'm thinking about starting to look for preschools for my kiddos evfen though they are only 2. It is very competitive around here and if you want to get your kids into a good program you have to look early. If you don't mind me asking is it a private school you are looking at? I would love to here more about your endeavors. Even though we don't live in the same state it always helps to here about other parents experiences going through this stuff.

At 8:04 AM , Blogger mpotter said...

glad it went well.
sounds like a good idea, extra time in pre-k. a lot of people end up wanting to rush their kids, and that can put everyone in a precarious situation.

At 8:20 AM , Blogger Aubs said...

Probably wouldn't hurt to look at atleast one more just for that peace of mind that you KNOW which one is best! I'm sure he will have a older one did a year of pre school and our lil one will be starting prek in the fall!! Its so fun to watch them grow up and experience all these new things!

At 8:33 AM , Blogger Laura said...

What an exciting time!!!!!

At 11:21 AM , Blogger Mighty Morphin' Mama said...

All my boys have fall or winter birthdays, and I am a big believer in not rushing the school thing. I think letting him have that extra time is an excellent idea:)

At 12:39 PM , Blogger Beth said...

Big milestone for both Gage and Mom!
I wouldn't necessarily worry about the male maturity factor - all three of my boys went to Junior Kindergarten (the equivalent of your PreK) at the age of four for five days a week (no three day options). They were just fine. In fact, perhaps they matured a little more in such a social and learning environment.

At 2:08 PM , Blogger Judy said...

Travis, now 9, started kindergarten as he turned 6. His birthday is right BEFORE the cutoff- late August. It was the best decision we ever did. Giving him that year to mature was awesome.

I know that isn't really an issue since Gage's birthday is such that the state pretty much dictates when he CAN go to kindergarten, but I see so many plusses with being the "older kid" as opposed to the little guy in class. And, FYI, the state of Texas does consider pushing the start-birthday-date back every now and again to June 1. One of these days, they may quit pairing it with another bill that doesn't pass and it might go through.

At 10:52 AM , Blogger Pregnantly Plump said...

The school sounds great. Up here, people start their kids in "pre school" at age 1. We are definitely not part of the norm around here. I'm glad that in other areas of the country, people don't put their kids in "pre school" that young. (I get asked about why Little Elvis isn't in school at least twice a week -- he's not even 2!)

At 2:25 PM , Blogger Suzanne said...

My Gage is in the exact same situation. His birthday is Sept. 13th, and the school cut-off is Sept. 1. I'm thinking the same as you - that we'll wait that extra year.

At 3:58 PM , Blogger shoeaddict said...

Just wondering, is it public or private?

My little brother, a genius, went to PreK twice too. He just needed it because he was the baby and therefore babied. Not that Gage is babied.

At 1:55 PM , Blogger Lainey-Paney said...

Nooooooo, shoeaddict, he's not babied at all......


At 7:31 PM , Blogger Zephra said...

That is so funny. It is exactly what I did yesterday. Zakary has been mad at me since because he is ready to go NOW. He starts Monday but only 2 days a week. I have a feeling when Monday comes, he will get a case of cold feet.


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