Vertically challenged, full-time mama of two children; a boy and a girl. Wife to a husband who knows me too well. Past work experience includes interactive marketing, public relations, and teaching. Self-proclaimed worrier and over-thinker. Loves the sun, cookies & cream ice cream, and lounging on the couch with a good foodie magazine.

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Kindergarten registration: Are You Ready?

It is amazing to me that the time has come for me to register my little boy for Kindergarten next year.  I have to admit that I’m not ready.  I’m overwhelmed by the options.  There is half-day or full day, private or public, regular school or co-op.  I want the best for him and I’m completely over thinking it.  Yep, I’m an over-thinker.

Back in the day when I was little, were there this many choices?  Where I lived, everyone went to half-day and you just went to the school near your house.  Simple and straightforward, right?

What are your options for Kindergarten?

 

Where I live now, half-day is a mere 2.5 hours and the full-day program (6 hours) requires a monthly tuition.  Is full day too long?  Is half day too short?  Is it better to let him have one more year not being in school all day long?  Should I sell all my belongings and register him for the private option that has a smaller class size?

I must remember that this is KINDERGARTEN, people.  I realize this, but when you overhear other moms chatting about their plans for next year, the wheels start turning in my brain.  All of a sudden, I have a million questions about the next school he attends.  I want to know how many kids will be in his class.  I want to know who the teacher is and what she is like.  I want to completely drive myself crazy with unanswered questions for days.

I attended the district’s educational open house a few weeks ago and collected different brochures outlining the different programs.

I visited a co-op where I was taken on a tour and handed a sign-up sheet for a lottery where my son will be one of over three hundred applicants.  As the woman gives us her spiel, she offhandedly mentions that they will be pulling twenty-five names for Kindergarten.  I was stunned.  Three hundred applicants?  Really?

I feel like all parents new to the school system need a little fairy godmother to guide us through the process.  I think being a teacher before I became a mom causes me to be extra curious about what goes down at these schools.

For all of you with school-aged children, what did you experience with Kindergarten?  Was your child ready for full day or did you opt for half day?  In the end, does it really matter in the grand scheme of things?

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  1. Not Just A Mommy! 02/19/2012 at 10:04 pm

    Both my boys (now 7 and 10) went to the same amazing pre-K program, so I knew they would be ready for all day. There was so much excitement to go to school all day. I knew people who did the half-day option and hated it because their kids didn’t get to experience everything like field trips, library, lunch, etc. You know, the ‘important’ things :) Plus, when it was conference week, they had no school altogether if they were a PM student.

    As soon as registration opened, I was in line signing them up. It was also by lottery and I lucked out for both of them. Just be warned, going to school all day takes a bit of adjustment (being very sleepy and tired when they come home), being able to sit at their desks, etc. so if you think your child can do that, go for it! Because when they start 1st grade, they have no previous experience with all of that.

  2. Carina Wytiaz 02/18/2012 at 4:38 pm

    I’ll be registering in the next couple weeks for my middle child. Oh man…

  3. Erica Fehrman 02/17/2012 at 1:44 pm

    I just registered my oldest son for Kindergarten this week, too. In my city the kids aren’t “guaranteed” their districted school, so there are registration lines early in the morning and this weird holding-of-the-breath until you receive official word. I can’t believe how complicated public school is now!

  4. Rachael Herrscher 02/17/2012 at 10:47 am

    We just went to pre-school registration the other day for my youngest. I can’t believe it’s time all ready!