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?
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?