My older son graduated from Kindergarten at our local public school last week. For years, I thought about our options for his education, and what would be best for him.
My husband and I had many conversations about this. I was concerned about him being in trouble all the time because he’s a very spirited child, and he never stops talking. My mom (who taught kindergarten for many years) had the same concerns based on her experiences. With his birthday being so late in the summer, we decided to give him an extra year of Pre-K, and chose to “redshirt” him.
But as his second year of Pre-K wrapped up, I knew we had another decision to make:
Do we send him to public school or not?
Ultimately, we knew we had to give public school a try. We are fortunate to live in a good school district. Paying for private school was not a realistic option, and the charter schools around here don’t have the best reviews.
As it turns out, I was worried for nothing.
He had a wonderful teacher with many years of experience. Yes, there was a lot of sitting still (Kindergarten is the new 1st grade, after all), but he handled it pretty well once he learned the expectations. He did get a few “oops notes” for talking too much in class, but he does need to work on talking less and listening more.
Overall, I’d say was a great year! He was well-behaved, he made friends, he learned a lot (he’s a fantastic reader now!), and most importantly, he liked going to school!
Will it always be the best option for him? I don’t know, but we will cross that bridge when we get there. For now, he’s enjoying his summer break and excited about going back for 1st grade in the fall!