I may have talked about this before, I don’t know, but it’s been in my head lately…
The question is coming up with all the kids the same age as Keeley: when are the kids going to pre-K? We can’t get into public schools around here until the child is 3 as of when the school year starts, so basically, September 1st. Private day care/prek is NOT an option for us. We’d rather, you know, have groceries. The big push is ‘social’, as if all the kids that went to Kindergarten without pre-K are going to become wallflowers or una-bombers, or something. I didn’t go to Pre-K and yes I was shy, but I was shy anyway and still am– okay make that ‘reserved’. Get me on a common topic and I’ll happily sit and dish!
Back to Keeley, as it is, I’m not even sure if I’ll send her NEXT year, because she can’t be in Kindergarten until she’s almost 6 as well. Rule applies, 5 by Sept 1st, which of course she will miss by a month and a half. What’s the point of 2 years of pre-K (and running back and forth to town– even in deep snow,with a baby in the car etc)– if she already knows her colors, shapes, can almost count to 30 and is starting to read? In another year, let alone 2, she’ll probably be reading fairly well on her own, and God only knows what else. Sure, I’d love to ‘ditch’ her for a while, most parents are ready to let their kids fly by this age, and have younger kids that need one on one time, but she already has an ‘after school’ program at church on Mondays where they do..I have no idea, paint for one the woman is VERY brave to paint with pre-preschoolers, church with nursery where they do stories on Sunday, library times including crafts (stories every week and monthly crafts) and swim lessons twice a week right now. Does she really need school right now? Does she need school at 4?
Keeley is, a holy terror a lot of times. Let’s face it. You can call it enthusiastic (thanks random lady at library), high spirited, or what have you, but to lay it on the line, she’s a nightmare sometimes. She doesn’t want to leave once we get somewhere. She doesn’t listen, she doesn’t do what all the other kids do. But she’s smart. She COULD if she wanted to. You get her one on one, and she’ll do stuff (if she wants to) just like they are doing, but in a group? Forget it, she wants to run in circles, tongue out, laughing all the way. She’s excited, she’s happy, and trying to force her into compliance just pisses everyone off. So, yeah, maybe putting her in pre-K would calm some of that down, but really? Subject the ‘shy’ kids to that? or the ones that need the help educationally and she’s there hugging them and trying to take their chair and cut in line and in general, being, well, her? Is that fair to the ‘dumb’ kid that really NEEDS the one on one time with teachers? I just don’t know. I certainly don’t think 2 years of it will do her any good at all. Educationally, she would be bored, I’m fairly certain. Socially? It might help some, but a lot of it might be alleviated by time and maturity as well.
What say you?