Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Schooling Decisions {Poll Discussion Post}

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There are many decisions to make as a parent, but decisions surrounding schooling decisions can really put a stress on you. I have observed over the years of talking to people that most of them say, "I loved my experience." We feel comfortable with what we know, and what we know is our own personal experience. Some people would have liked things to be different, but by and large, most are satisfied with their lot in life. This is comforting as a parent because if you are mindful as you make these decisions, your child will likely be fine and also be satisfied with his/her experience. That doesn't mean you can send a child who isn't ready and there will be zero problems. You have to be mindful. 

With that in mind, let's discuss the decisions you have made thus far in respect to schooling. This can be a hot topic among parenting circles, so remember to keep your comments respectful toward others who have chosen differently than you have. You chose the best option for your child and so did they. When listing your reasons for choosing something, labeling children who have taken a different path is not respectful. Discuss the merits of what you chose rather than the negatives of what you didn't. 

Please take a moment to answer the questions below. Doing so will help other parents now and in the future. It is very helpful for me when compiling answers if you at least number the answers you give. You can also copy the questions and answer them. If the question does not apply to you, simply put "N/A."

1-Did you send your child to preschool? Why or why not?
2-What age(s) did you do preschool?
3-Where did you decide to send your child to official school (Kindergarten and up)? Public, homeschool, charter school, private school...Why?
4-Did you send your child to Kindergarten "on time" or did you hold your child back? Why?
5-Any additional thoughts? 

Thanks so much for participating! I am excited to read the answers. 

1 comment:

Krysten T said...

1) I have two children, a 4.5 year old boy and a 2 year old girl, neither have been to preschool and I don't plan to send them. I chose/choose not to send them for multiple reasons. I have a degree in Early Childhood Education and have worked/observed in preschools and feel that I can teach the same things at home with less hassle. Another reason is we live far enough out from any preschools that my drive time and gas money would be a hardship on my family.
2) My son did start AWANA at Church at 3 and preschool Sunday School at 2.5 and my daughter will too. I know this is not the same thing as preschool but it does/will give my children a chance to be part of a classroom setting.
3) We have chosen to homeschool and will be starting a relaxed kindergarten program with my son this fall.
4) My son will turn 5 in September. If I was going to send him to public school kindergarten I would have to wait until Fall 2018. Because we are homeschooling and I feel that academically he is ready we will be focusing on reading, spelling and math this year. Maturity wise I know he is not ready for regular kindergarten.


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