OT-Schools

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Registered: 09-21-2008
OT-Schools
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Sun, 11-23-2008 - 2:06pm

I am wondering if you look for anything in particular when you first choose what school your child will go to. Aside from the typical good teachers and good rep for being a good school, what other kinds of things might you consider? Like music programs, religious aspects, sports, I don't know, just whatever you might have looked into in addition to the obvious wants.

My dd will be 4 in August, and I was starting to look into preschools/future schools. We live on the border of 2 counties, so we have the option of schools in either county. We live in between a more country setting and a more suburban setting. A couple of things that came to me is I would like the class sizes to be smaller than average. While one school has this, bc it's a small country school, it's not very diverse. It's no big secret that WV isn't the most diverse of states, but I would like her to be in a classroom with different backgrounds. It's just something that I think is important, and maybe most don't consider this when they enroll their kid in school, but my area is probably not as diverse as theirs either.

Another thing is how much recess there is. This might sound silly, but I read/hear/discuss in some of my classes about how some schools keep cutting back the recess or free time in exchange for more structured time. I think this is a bad idea and truly feel play/recess is important for many reasons. I don't really want to put her in a school that doesn't value recess. Probably not the most important issue in the grand scheme of life and all, but just some things that I was thinking about the other day and a few things I am keeping in mind when I look into schools.

This isn't a debate so much, although I guess if people want to they can. I was just wondering what types of things you may have considered.

 

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Registered: 06-27-1998
In reply to: jesserose822
Tue, 12-09-2008 - 4:40pm

But you weren't, so that statement was clearly incorrect and her specific statement wasn't stereotyping all Catholic school parents either, they were specific experiences in both cases.

PumpkinAngel

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Registered: 07-14-2008
In reply to: jesserose822
Sat, 12-06-2008 - 5:33pm
Hampton Roads Area
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Registered: 07-17-2007
In reply to: jesserose822
Sat, 12-06-2008 - 9:09am
Where in VA? I am in VA and my kids have recess.
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Registered: 11-18-2005
In reply to: jesserose822
Sat, 12-06-2008 - 7:36am
I didn't. My dad was not Catholic. Half of our relative are not Cathilic. My dd's know there are Catholic school in the area that accept non-Catholics (ours doesn't). We have very few relatives were both are the same religion.
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Registered: 01-15-2006
In reply to: jesserose822
Fri, 12-05-2008 - 3:56pm
ROFL,i grew up thinking "all" catholic families attended the catholic schools.

 

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Registered: 11-18-2005
In reply to: jesserose822
Fri, 12-05-2008 - 12:12pm

egd...specifically stated that I was stereotyping all public schools.


My good friend and neighbors' (we share a

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Registered: 06-27-1998
In reply to: jesserose822
Fri, 12-05-2008 - 10:08am

I think that leading children to believe that they are better because they attend private (or public) school than the other children in the neighborhood, including not allowing them to hang around those children

PumpkinAngel

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Registered: 11-18-2005
In reply to: jesserose822
Fri, 12-05-2008 - 8:47am
THank you! I thought I was clear.
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Registered: 11-18-2005
In reply to: jesserose822
Fri, 12-05-2008 - 8:46am

Don't you live in TX? I specifically said *my* local schools. My youngest did go there for kindergarten. Also,

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Registered: 07-14-2008
In reply to: jesserose822
Thu, 12-04-2008 - 11:50pm
My son went to school in Va for kindergarten & first grade & never had recess. It was a BIG peeve of mine. Kindergarten was full day & the only "playtime" they had was 30 minute structured Physical Education. We are now in Southern California schools & he gets two recesses & is by far a much happier child coming home from school. In Va school started at 8 am & was done at 3 pm. Here he attends from 8:10 to 2:40. We do more homework but overall he is a much happier kid in his new school setting. Another thing southern California schools does that I am absolutely in love with is every Monday is a half day, he gets out an hour & a half earlier. Although, our elementary school doesn't have sports we play sports through our Rec Centers. Did the same thing in Va. DS played soccer in Va & out here he wants to play foot ball. We have also signed him up for ice skating lessons. For DD in a school, we just pick one that works well with both of our schedules & one that we like, again we have her in classes outside of the school.

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