No Catholic School for DS Next Yr.

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No Catholic School for DS Next Yr.
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Thu, 05-21-2009 - 11:12pm

Ian has been in the Catholic PK program for the past 2 years (Tues/Thurs last year, M/W/F this year).



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Fri, 05-22-2009 - 12:11am
If your son is generally younger than most of the other kids, not only will he have challenges associated with the demands of school, but socially you can expect issues to arise as well. My older son was born in July, and 15 months later my second son was born in October. I hated that he couldn't go to school the year after his brother did but I'm glad he got that extra year. The extra year of development at day care helped him later in school I think.
Just to clarify, are you saying you're going to send Ian to the public 1/2 day kindergarten and then the next year he'll be in the full day kindergarten? I want to make sure I'm understanding your plan correctly.
~Trish

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~Trish

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May the wind be always at your back.
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the rains fall soft upon your
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Fri, 05-22-2009 - 12:23am

Thanks, Trish.



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Fri, 05-22-2009 - 1:01am
Literacy is a key thing for kids to learn early. Unfortunately my younger son started school right at a time when the geniuses in the school district decided to do away with phonics and switch to 'whole language' learning. My kids need phonics, despite what others tried to tell me. It's been a struggle for him to learn and he had to do some remediation in 5th grade for reading because of it. He still struggles to read, but thankfully has begun to find books that keep his interest. He also likes sudoku puzzles too.
I went to public school for first through fifth grades, Catholic school for PreK, Kindergarten, and sixth through eighth grades, and back to public school for high school. After the rigors of the Catholic school, returning to public school was a whole lot easier and I grasped concepts faster, and in my English classes, had already learned quite a bit of the curriculum in middle school. Now socially, it was a different ball of wax for me, but I eventually got past the awkwardness and adjusted to the dynamic of it.
As for Ian's coordination, there are things you can do at home to work on that with him. He'll eventually get the hang of those things. If he can't jump rope, give him a hula hoop to start with for practice, then move him to a thicker heavier rope, eventually to a thinner lightweight one. If he can figure out the coordination of a jump rope it might help with the ball catching as his brain figures out the timing of the rope situation.
You can remind him later of his own frustrations when he comes home from school telling you about kids who can't keep up. It'll be a good opportunity to teach him how to be compassionate to his classmates and maybe help them get past some of their own challenges.
~Trish

May the road rise up to meet you.
May the wind be always at your back.
May the sun shine warm upon your face;
the rains fall soft upon your fields
and until we meet again,
may God hold you in the palm of His hand.
--old Irish blessing

Irish siggy courtesy beaches59

~Trish

May the road rise up to meet you.
May the wind be always at your back.
May the sun shine warm upon your face;
the rains fall soft upon your
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Fri, 05-22-2009 - 6:39am

Jena,


I think you've made a great decision!


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Fri, 05-22-2009 - 7:24am
A couple of years ago when my dd was in Kindergarten, they started offering the option of a full day program along with also a half day. We chose the half day because I didn't think she needed to start going all day, there were going to be plenty of years ahead when she had to go all day.
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Fri, 05-22-2009 - 11:02am

Our oldest son (now a well adjusted 32 year old!) turned five on September 5 the year he began Kindergarten (was half day - Public school). If I had to do it over again I would have kept him home for one more year. He was bright though and even reading a bit already. He did ok through 3rd grade. But by 4th grade he really started to struggle. Wasn't til high school when there were many computer related programs (regular high school) that he began to actually excel. He is now a successful and productive computer programmer/network analyst which he loves and was also married last June ;-). But he really could have benefited from waiting one more year before even starting school which would have made him one of the oldest in his class instead of one of the youngest.


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Fri, 05-22-2009 - 11:23am

That makes sense, Jen. Of course, you can reassess after next year; perhaps you'll decide he can go directly into first grade. As you noted, at this age a few months make a big difference.


My 4 year old will start 4K next year. He's an October baby, and I'm expecting a smooth transition. We have both full and half-day 5K, and right now I think he'll go full day. My youngest, however, is a June baby. I'm hoping the half-day option still exists when he's 5, because that may work better for him. They may have phased it out by then, however. This year was the first year for full-day (at both our school and the public schools), and probably 80% chose that option. Henry has the advantage of being the youngest of four, so that may help with social and academic skills, but not physical skills. Given that both his brothers have small motor challenges, I'm expecting a few bumps. I'll deal with that when I come to it though -- no point worrying about it now.


Congratulations on making a decision.

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Sat, 05-23-2009 - 10:48am

It doesn't seem that long ago that I was making a similar decision for my son.

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Sat, 05-23-2009 - 5:22pm

I don't think a child's birthdate/age should be the deciding factor if they start kindergarten. there

Renee


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Sat, 05-23-2009 - 8:58pm
BTDT alex 's bday is sept 23rd cut off here is oct 1st... due to his shyness and timidness we ended up deciding last year to to keep him in another year of half day catholic preschool..he's did much better this year became the class social butterfly like your kiddo academically he was ready for kindy this school year but socially he just wasn't there yet... he starts kindy in august *again catholic school* and i' m soooooooooo glad we decided on the extra year for him he's matured into such a different little boy over the last year.
i told dh i refused to have lily prior to oct 1st i managed to hold on until October 4th so no worries about her lol * the doctor gave me the choice of induction on sept 29th or october 4th*.. i didn't want the stress of the decision again... i still once in a while wonder if i did the right thing but honestly looking at him now i KNOW it was right for him




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