Pre-School/K registration

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Registered: 03-19-2003
Pre-School/K registration
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Wed, 02-11-2009 - 12:47pm

Are you registering your 4 or 5 yo for either pre-schoool/pre-k/kindergarten?

What made you decide on that school?

When do you pick up the forms and when do you have to have them turned in by?

What kind of things are they requiring? Medical form and shots? Dental exam? Proof of residency? ?? Anything strike you as odd or repetitive?

Does the school offer tours? Are you going on one?

Is your 4/5 yo excited about it or scared or not really thinking/talking about it?

Are you excited or nervous (or ready to drop them off today, lol)?

If you are not sending your child to preschool, how did you come to that decision? Child not ready, homeschooling, finances, not offered in your area, don't like the choices, etc.

What is the norm in your area? Two years of full day preschool, 1 year of part-time, no one goes to preschool here, etc.

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Registered: 03-05-2008
Thu, 03-12-2009 - 9:30pm
Wow, how inspiring that you created your preschool group with other Mom's!

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Registered: 03-19-2003
Fri, 03-06-2009 - 10:42am

Thank you for chiming in! I love when people answer questions regardless of if they are long time members, lurkers or just someone passing through. The more responses we get the more we have to think about and I believe the more resources we have when we need to make decisions.

I love that you got together with a few other moms and formed your own preschool group last year. It is not something I would have thought about before but it makes sense and is a great way to give your child preschool when the money is not there to send your child to a private preschool.

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Registered: 07-21-2008
Thu, 03-05-2009 - 12:13am

I'm a lurker here, so I hope you don't mind if I chime in.

Are you registering your 4 or 5 yo for either pre-schoool/pre-k/kindergarten?

Ethan (5) is in preschool three days a week this year for just over two hours each day, at a private music based preschool. I plan to register him for kindergarten for the fall.

What made you decide on that school?

It's our neighborhood public school. My 2nd grader goes there, currently, and it's where most of their friends go. While the school has room for improvement, it's still a good school.

When do you pick up the forms and when do you have to have them turned in by?

They just did a survey of the current students to see who had any incoming siblings, so they should know of Ethan by now. Kindergarten round up is April 22, and we have to have everything turned in before school starts in the fall.

What kind of things are they requiring? Medical form and shots? Dental exam? Proof of residency? ?? Anything strike you as odd or repetitive?

The district requires a dental check up, which we will be scheduling in April, a physical exam which he's already had, and proof of residency. The state requires proof of immunization and a birth certificate.

Does the school offer tours? Are you going on one?

I'm sure they do, but that won't be necessary for us. This is my 2nd grader's second year there, and we're quite familiar with the school already.

Is your 4/5 yo excited about it or scared or not really thinking/talking about it?

He's very excited.

Are you excited or nervous (or ready to drop them off today, lol)?

It hasn't really affected me one way or the other yet.

What is the norm in your area? Two years of full day preschool, 1 year of part-time, no one goes to preschool here, etc.

For most families around us, the mothers stay home with their kids (us included), and it seems like most of the kids go to preschool part time for at least one year. Ethan was ready for preschool two years ago, but we couldn't afford two years of preschool. Many of the other moms were in the same boat so we created our own preschool where we each took a turn teaching the preschool in our home. School met once a week for two hours and there were seven kids in the class. It was a great alternative to traditional preschool. We're also lucky to have a few free resources in the area. There is a circle time at a nearby elementary school that is open to preschoolers once a week free of charge, Discovery Time at the library that includes stories, music and learning activities, as well as a family story time in Spanish and English one night a week. So between the neighborhood preschool, circle time, discovery time, and family story time, we had lots of "preschooling" opportunities. This year I opted to put him in a private music preschool three days a week. But even with that, we still go to Discovery Time and family story time every week. Kindergarten, here, is full day, five days a week.

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Registered: 10-22-2004
Tue, 03-03-2009 - 7:00pm

Are you registering your 4 or 5 yo for either pre-schoool/pre-k/kindergarten? -- We registered DD (4) for Kindergarten in the fall

What made you decide on that school? -- Catholic education is very important for DH and I, and it is the local parish school

When do you pick up the forms and when do you have to have them turned in by? -- We picked up forms at the open house in mid-Feb. and needed to return them ASAP; she has an assessment on March 12th

What kind of things are they requiring? Medical form and shots? Dental exam? Proof of residency? -- They require immunization record, proof of parish involvement (for a tuition discount), and an assessment.

Does the school offer tours? Are you going on one? -- Yes, we went on a tour and attended an open house.

Is your 4/5 yo excited about it or scared or not really thinking/talking about it? -- DD currently attends daycare and calls it "school" and so she now talks about going to Kindergarten at a "new school" occasionally.

Are you excited or nervous (or ready to drop them off today, lol)? -- I'm nervous, because I'm not 100% certain that she's ready. She actually misses the cutoff by 5 days but they made an exception for her since it's so few days. Academically, she is ready. It's maturity that I'm not sure about.

If you are not sending your child to preschool, how did you come to that decision? -- N/A

What is the norm in your area? -- I have no idea. I guess it depends if you're a WOHM or a SAHM. DD has been in FT daycare since she was 2. Her daycare has a preschool program/Pre-K program complete with curriculum and she has learned a lot there.

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Registered: 03-18-2008
Thu, 02-12-2009 - 5:00pm
-We register tomorrow morning.
-We chose this school because it is only 3 blocks from hour house and the only elementary school in a 15 mile radius.(We live in a rural farming town).
-Forms are done at the school tomorrow.
-They look up your shot and medical record @ the school. We need to sign a paper saying we are not lying about our residence, and we must under-go background checks so we can assist with field trips(required by district).
-DD already goes to 4 yr. old (jr.) kindergarten wed. & Fridays full days. My middle dd who will be 4 in August is quite excited.
-Bringing my middle daughter to school will be challenging to me because she is attached to my hip 24/7.
-The normal in our area is 5 day a week full day kindergarten. 4 year old kindergarten is optional and only 2 days a week full days. We do not have a preschool in our area.
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Registered: 06-25-2005
Wed, 02-11-2009 - 2:02pm

Are you registering your 4 or 5 yo for either pre-schoool/pre-k/kindergarten?
* MY 5yo STARTED KINDY LAST FALL. SHE BARELY MADE THE CUT-OFF.

Does the school offer tours? Are you going on one?
* DD ALREADY KNEW THE SCHOOL LAYOUT A LITTLE BIT FROM OLDER SIBLINGS ATTENDING.

Is your 4/5 yo excited about it or scared or not really thinking/talking about it?
* SHE WAS THRILLED TO FINALLY GET TO GO TO SCHOOL. IF SHE COULD HAVE STARTED AT 3yo SHE WOULD HAVE BEEN HAPPY!

Are you excited or nervous (or ready to drop them off today, lol)?
* EVEN THO' DD WAS SOOOO READY, IT WAS STILL A HEART-FLUTTERING DAY WHEN IT HAPPENED. ADMITTEDLY I WAS VERY READY FOR IT TO OCCUR, THO'.

If you are not sending your child to preschool, how did you come to that decision? Child not ready, homeschooling, finances, not offered in your area, don't like the choices, etc.
* I DID IN-HOME PRESCHOOL WITH MY OLDER KIDS. 5yo DD WAS THE ONLY CHILD TO ATTEND FORMAL PRESCHOOL 'CUS SHE CRAVED THE SOCIAL INTERACTION SO BADLY. FINANCES PLAYED A LARGE PART OF OUR PREVIOUS DECISION TO DO IN-HOME PRESCHOOL WITH THE OLDER KIDS. WE DID PRESCHOOL THROUGH THE COMMUNITY CENTER AND PAID LESS THAN TRADITIONAL PRESCHOOLS.

What is the norm in your area? Two years of full day preschool, 1 year of part-time, no one goes to preschool here, etc.
* EVERYONE GOES TO PART-TIME PRESCHOOL HERE. THE KINDY TEACHERS WERE ALWAYS ALARMED THAT MY OLDER KIDS HAD NOT ATTENDED FORMAL PRESCHOOL (BUT WERE QUICKLY REASSURED AFTER THEY GOT TO KNOW MY KIDS AND COULD SEE THEY KNEW HOW TO BEHAVE AND INTERACT IN A CLASS SETTING).

* ONE OTHER ANSWER TO A QUESTION YOU DIDN'T ASK IS THAT DD ATTENDS FULL-DAY KINDERGARTEN. UNTIL A COUPLE OF YEARS AGO, KINDY WAS HALF-DAY BUT HAS SINCE SWITCHED TO FULL-DAY KINDY. THAT WOULDN'T HAVE WORKED WITH MY OLDER KIDS' PERSONALITIES AT ALL, BUT 5yo DD PERSONALITY IS SUCH THAT SHE WISHES SCHOOL WERE LONGER!

Sorry I don't know how to change font colors, so I used uppercase to distinguish my answers from the questions.