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Am I the only one who hasn't started their child(ren) in school yet??? :0 Miley and Irelyn go to a school skills class on Saturday's for 2 hours but I know I can't wait any longer. I just don't want them to get bigger. They will be starting the week after Thanksgiving 2 days a week for 5 (FIVE!!!) hours each day. I hate it and don't want them to go.

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Violet hasn't been in any kind of class yet. She might go to a dance class next summer, but we're still working on it. We get out and do YMCA activities, but I'm always there. She starts school next fall, which will be all day every other day.

I'm not in a hurry to have her in a school setting yet. There's lots of time for that.

I hope the transition goes well for M and I. I bet they'll do just fine. Will they be in the same class? I remember always feeling safe as long as Emily was there. It was awesome to have a built in best friend.

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abby won't go to school until kindergarten.......
we do so much at home....i'm not at all concerned...lucy was way over prepared for kindergarten, LOL!!!!!
i'm not opposed to preschool or anything.....sarah and max both went at 4 yrs old.....and i remember them loving it....but i was working and i used it as my daycare, too....
i'm sure the girls will LOVE IT!!!!!!

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Why are you sending them if you don't really want to? Preschool isn't a requirement, so don't feel like you have to because someone else is, or everyone else is, someone thinks you should or whatever....they are YOUR kids, you get to decide what and when they are engaged in things outside of the home!

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In my area there is no preschools....you can pay the day care providers for their type of preschools or if they have developmental delays or you fall in the income bracket, you have head start.

Cheyenne is picking up Wyatt's site words left and right and always asking "what does (insert word) look like?" Meaning spell it for me. She is wanting to just soak up whatever information I give her. So whatever she wants to learn I will let her.

GL with letting letting them go. It is hard to let them go, but they get bigger and we cant keep them home forever.

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Honestly, If Jax didn't have Apraxia, then he wouldn't be in school. I feel very disgruntled about being pressured into sending him to a Mom's Day out or a 2x a week PS when he was just 2 1/2. It did nothing to elicit speech from him. I supposed if he was just 'delayed' it would have done wonders, and hindsite is 20/20, but IMHO, home was the best place for him at that age.
Abigail will not be experiencing all these toddler extra-curricular activities. She will go to 1/2 day 4 day week pre-school when she is 4. Only because our school's district Preschool program is really the old kindergarten curriculum. Our Kindergarten is all day every day. Sad

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"Jumarse" wrote:

Why are you sending them if you don't really want to? Preschool isn't a requirement, so don't feel like you have to because someone else is, or everyone else is, someone thinks you should or whatever....they are YOUR kids, you get to decide what and when they are engaged in things outside of the home!

kindergarten isn't required either( in massachusetts anyways).....i'm amazed at how LITTLE learning lucy does in kindergarten.........lucy will be reading soon, she is so close, but it's not because she is in kindergarten....momma's school moves much, much faster!!!!!LOL!!!!!!! Biggrin

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"Jumarse" wrote:

Why are you sending them if you don't really want to? Preschool isn't a requirement, so don't feel like you have to because someone else is, or everyone else is, someone thinks you should or whatever....they are YOUR kids, you get to decide what and when they are engaged in things outside of the home!

Because I am completely aware of how important preschool is. It seems to set the ground work for all schooling. I know the girls will love it I just don't want them to grow up. Here, kindergarten is not Mandatory either. I can't imagine not sending them. In my district you must be able to read and write an organized paragraph at the end of kindergarten. Crazy.

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Belle.iss going to prek only because both dh and I will be working and if target she went to a prek over a daycare.. They cost the same here so why not? I wanted herto go two days a week for the social aspect, but dh found a job. She loves it and comes home talking about all kind of diff stuff.

If youre not ready and you don't want then to go, then don't send them.

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"kellbelle" wrote:

Because I am completely aware of how important preschool is. It seems to set the ground work for all schooling. I know the girls will love it I just don't want them to grow up. Here, kindergarten is not Mandatory either. I can't imagine not sending them. In my district you must be able to read and write an organized paragraph at the end of kindergarten. Crazy.

It's the same here Kelly. Neither Pre-K nor Kindergarten is mandatory. But what is required of a student to be placed in 1st grade is crazy. Here, a child is not required to be in school until he/she is 7, but at 7 if they don't know the curriculum that was taught in kindergarten, they won't be placed in 1st grade just because of their age, they will be 7 going on 8 and put in the kindergarten class.

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[quote=kellbelle]Because I am completely aware of how important preschool is. It seems to set the ground work for all schooling. I know the girls will love it I just don't want them to grow up. Here, kindergarten is not Mandatory either. I can't imagine not sending them. In my district you must be able to read and write an organized paragraph at the end of kindergarten. Crazy.[/quote]
ok.......this blows me away..........
really????????? write an organized paragraph......that is part of the 5th grade curriculum here in massachusetts......so they are teaching nouns, verbs, adjectives, etc in kindergarten and sentence structure, punctuation......???????????????

in kindergarten ,(this is massachusetts guidelines....) they should be able to write the alphabet and know the sound associated with the letter....

oh and i should clarify, there are full day kindergarten classes......you just have to pay......so i opted for the free 1/2 day.....sorry.......we do have full day.....LOL!!!!!

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Delaney just goes 2 days/week for 2 1/2 hours a day. She needs the socialization though. Even though she has 3 sibs, she's more like an only child because of the age difference.

Bri didn't go to preschool until she was 4.

I def. think schools put too much pressure on kids starting at an early age. What happened to leaerning how to play and get along? Reading and writing will come.

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"luangwa" wrote:

It's the same here Kelly. Neither Pre-K nor Kindergarten is mandatory. But what is required of a student to be placed in 1st grade is crazy. Here, a child is not required to be in school until he/she is 7, but at 7 if they don't know the curriculum that was taught in kindergarten, they won't be placed in 1st grade just because of their age, they will be 7 going on 8 and put in the kindergarten class.

This is why education is so stupid. California typically scores super low on state tests. Why? Because they set their standards so much higher than other states. I don't know why all states don't just require the same things.

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Theyre working on it....the common core standards.. I think 46 states have adopted them... Its a headache in my land Blum 3

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"toothy35" wrote:

[quote=kellbelle]Because I am completely aware of how important preschool is. It seems to set the ground work for all schooling. I know the girls will love it I just don't want them to grow up. Here, kindergarten is not Mandatory either. I can't imagine not sending them. In my district you must be able to read and write an organized paragraph at the end of kindergarten. Crazy.[/quote]
ok.......this blows me away..........
really????????? write an organized paragraph......that is part of the 5th grade curriculum here in massachusetts......so they are teaching nouns, verbs, adjectives, etc in kindergarten and sentence structure, punctuation......???????????????

in kindergarten ,(this is massachusetts guidelines....) they should be able to write the alphabet and know the sound associated with the letter....

oh and i should clarify, there are full day kindergarten classes......you just have to pay......so i opted for the free 1/2 day.....sorry.......we do have full day.....LOL!!!!!

KY is the same. To go on to first grade you have to be able to read, and write a simple organized paragraph. To be able to ENTER kindergarten you have to know your alphabet, differentiate between capital and lower case and know the sound each letter makes, be able to write it. PLUS the different letter sound combinations and rules. Our kindergarten curriculum is more like what my 1st and 2nd grade classes combined were like.

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That's insane.

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Let me be clear on what a paragraph would look like-

I like cats for many reasons. First, cats are furry. Next, cats like to play with yarn. Last, cats are cuddly. Clearly, cats are great pets.

Simple, but man that's hard for Kinders!

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I multi quoted a lot. Lets see if I can get this down before Mr. Alex thinks otherwise! Haha

"JorgieGirl" wrote:

Violet hasn't been in any kind of class yet. She might go to a dance class next summer, but we're still working on it. We get out and do YMCA activities, but I'm always there. She starts school next fall, which will be all day every other day.

I'm not in a hurry to have her in a school setting yet. There's lots of time for that.

I hope the transition goes well for M and I. I bet they'll do just fine. Will they be in the same class? I remember always feeling safe as long as Emily was there. It was awesome to have a built in best friend.

"toothy35" wrote:

abby won't go to school until kindergarten.......
we do so much at home....i'm not at all concerned...lucy was way over prepared for kindergarten, LOL!!!!!
i'm not opposed to preschool or anything.....sarah and max both went at 4 yrs old.....and i remember them loving it....but i was working and i used it as my daycare, too....
i'm sure the girls will LOVE IT!!!!!!

Alex also will not start real school until Kindergarten when he is 5. Alex goes to an in home day care 4 days per week (like 24 hours or so). He is one of 6 kids. Our daycare provider is awesome! She is working with the kids using Zoophonics, which is what our school district uses in K. Alex has learned so much just for her, academically and socially. I have no interest in preschool, I feel he is getting it from daycare. If he was behind in one area or another I would definitely send him.

"kellbelle" wrote:

Because I am completely aware of how important preschool is. It seems to set the ground work for all schooling. I know the girls will love it I just don't want them to grow up. Here, kindergarten is not Mandatory either. I can't imagine not sending them. In my district you must be able to read and write an organized paragraph at the end of kindergarten. Crazy.

"luangwa" wrote:

[quote=toothy35]

KY is the same. To go on to first grade you have to be able to read, and write a simple organized paragraph. To be able to ENTER kindergarten you have to know your alphabet, differentiate between capital and lower case and know the sound each letter makes, be able to write it. PLUS the different letter sound combinations and rules. Our kindergarten curriculum is more like what my 1st and 2nd grade classes combined were like.

I havent a clue if K is required in Michigan. I know Alex will go. Im pretty sure is it required because Ive never heard of anyone NOT going. I dont know what their expectations are, but I guess Ill find out soon enough. Very interesting to hear how different things may be across our same country!

As for your M and I, if you get excited about it then they will be, too. It has got to be hard to part with them already, for so long too!! Good luck to all of you! :bigarmhug:

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What do they do now? Cause you work, right?

I have to say that I am super glad I have Miles in school right now and can tackle issues NOW instead of when he's in "real" school and would have to worry about actually learning and being graded in addition.

I bet they will have a great time!!

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I am not a fan of pre-school. Nor am I a fan of all-day kindergarten. My kids start school at age 4 and go for only 2.5 hours per day for the first two years. But we don't have those crazy requirements - I don't know what I'd do in that case!

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"msmama" wrote:

What do they do now? Cause you work, right?

I have to say that I am super glad I have Miles in school right now and can tackle issues NOW instead of when he's in "real" school and would have to worry about actually learning and being graded in addition.

I bet they will have a great time!!

My mother in law watches them.

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I'm baffled at the requirements for some of your kindergartens. It sounds like too much for me. I would definitely consider homeschooling. Canada is well known for our excellent education and rankings in country comparisons. Our requirements for Jr. Kindergarten and Sr. Kindergarten aren't nearly as stiff. I'd be nervous sending my child into that too. I don't blame you for wanting to get a bit of a head start.

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"JorgieGirl" wrote:

I'm baffled at the requirements for some of your kindergartens. It sounds like too much for me. I would definitely consider homeschooling. Canada is well known for our excellent education and rankings in country comparisons. Our requirements for Jr. Kindergarten and Sr. Kindergarten aren't nearly as stiff. I'd be nervous sending my child into that too. I don't blame you for wanting to get a bit of a head start.

I totally believe in the power of public school. Do i think the standards are too high? Yes. But it is what it is :-/.
Hopefully they'll love it as much as I did.
I ordered 20 books for their class today and we are going to target in a bit to get some more things to donate. I know they are excited. I just hope it stays that way.

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"kellbelle" wrote:

My mother in law watches them.

I was also watched by Grandma. My mom sent me to preschool for the social aspect and also to teach me to take direction from someone else. Respect the teacher, etc. I think in your case its a great idea for the girls to get something more formal now to prepare them for their future. This is another reason I would consider sending Alex- if he was not around other kids at daycare.

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I don't know, I think as long as they are getting some sort of "education" at home, there's no need for preschool. That said, I couldn't be more thrilled with Colby having been enrolled in school since 2.5, and I plan on following suit with Daphne. I do believe times have changed and early learning is essential, and it looks like some school district requirements are reflecting that.....but that is my personal opinion. I have no clue what my state requirements are for kinder or 1st grade, what it takes to enroll. I have what local friends have told me and that's kindergarten entry is number, letter and color recognition, and 1st grade is just a little higher level of those same things. And to compensate for those not quite up to par in 1st grade, there's different groupings in class, the more 'advanced' kids together and the kids that are a little behind together, so everyone can sort of learn at the same pace. I can't imagine a school district putting a 7 year old in kindergarten.

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Nicholas started school in the fall, 2 days a week 4 hours a day and he LOVES it! He knows his schedule and wakes up every day and asks what day it is and shouts with joy on Tuesday and Thursday.

For him it is a chance for some independence. He is very social and we do lots of activities with lots of friends, but always with Mommy and a little brother in tow, so this is his thing and I think that's good for him. He already knows everything academic that they teach in K3 and K4 (called VPK here), but for him I feel like he gets so much more out of preschool than the academics, which is why we send him.

It also sounds like our standards here are closer to that of KY and Cal for K, which is why we have Voluntary Pre-Kindergarten (VPK), it is a free half day program for 4 year olds and basically covers what K used to, letter and number recognition, beginning handwriting and stuff like that. There are not entry tests to get into K, but there is a readiness test given and remediation offered if a child doesn't meet the requirements, but I'm not sure, specifically, what they are.

I am sure M and I will love it and as Jord said, they have a built in best friend, so that will make it that much easier for them. I think it was harder on me than him to send him to school, but when you see how much they love it it gets easier!

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If Josh wasnt delayed then he would not be in school. We just do not have the money. The school he is going to is free through the state. He goes all day right now. Like Brandi, we have VPK. Josh will stay in the program he is in now when he turns 4 instead of attending the VPK. Sofia on the other had will not be attending school until VPK. I feel like she is getting slighted though. I do not have tons of time to work with her on school type things when the time comes so I have no idea what I am going to do with her.

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G doesn't go to preschool. He goes to an in-home daycare 3 days a week and she does story time and some learning activities and all that, but I wouldn't classify it as school. I'm surprised by those requirements. I don't have strong feelings one way or the other about pre-school, but if I knew that G would be dealing with that kind of pressure in kindergarten I think I'd be more anxious about giving him a head start as well.

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I think you need to read the book, "If I Could Keep You Little". Biggrin Every time I'm feeling how you are describing I go pick up that book and read it. It helps remind me that even though they are growing fast it's what they are supposed to do. If we kept them little for our own selfish reasons then they'd miss out on other opportunities. (Of course that can look differently for different kids - but in your case it would be preschool)

If they are excited about it going though, I *think* that will help (at least a little) make it easier for you. It did for me anyway. Knowing C was ready and excited made it so much easier to have him go. I got teary when we went for orientation just because I was so dang proud of him and how excited he was to take it all in.

Sounds like you have your mind made up on sending them, you're just struggling with the time actually coming. Big hugs and I hope it goes smoother than your anticipating.

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Mikayla isn't in school yet, she'll go to preschool next fall when she's 4. She really wanted to this year but then she'd be doing the same thing 2 years in a row and money is just too tight for it.

JOey is in K right now, they're working on upper and lower case letter recognition and sounds, counting and writing letters and numbers.

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my kids are only in pre-school because i work...if i didn't work they would probably wait until kindergarten

and quite honestly Lyssa was ready...she really needed it i think....even though my sister and i always did stuff with them she always was asking to go to 'school'......she LOVES it and not just because of the 'socialization' ...she LOVES the lessons and the writing and what not...it really has helped her come out of her shell too...she is not shy one bit and i really think that school has alot to do with it

tyler is still in the toddler classroom but his teacher is AWESOME...she does such great projects with him and they do lessons too...he knows his letters, numbers, colors and shapes all pretty well and he just turned 2 in september.....he loves it too!!!!

but again...if it wasn't because of work i probably wouldn't be sending them to preschool either!!!

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Pax goes 2x/week for 3 hours. It's been great for us because he needs to burn some energy and is a little sponge, I don't keep up with him as well as I'd like. The socialization is also good for him. He has also had a few issues with authority and respecting his teacher...I'm glad I have this opportunity for him to work out these kinks with someone I trust and hopefully we won't have to deal with it when he enters Kindergarten. Our Kindergarten requirements are the same as the 1st-2nd grade curriculum from 3 years ago, according to his teacher.

I should also mention that his teacher is a close friend of mine who taught 1st-2nd grade for 10 years and just opened a preschool in her home this year. She is UBER-qualified and just amazing with them. She does it because she loves it and it really shows through. Plus, we only pay $150 a month! If it was super-expensive, he'd be at home.