Kindergarten

Holly - posted on 01/30/2009 ( 5 moms have responded )

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Hi there. Just wondering if anyone out there has issues with sending their kids to public schools but can't afford private? This is my son, Riley's 1st year of public school and I haven't been happy about it. Of course the last 2 years he's been in a wonderful Christian preschool, so maybe we have been spoiled. I'm still just having issues with it, my son loves it, so I try and keep my negativity to myself or my husband when Riley isn't around.

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Ashley - posted on 02/01/2009

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My daughter is supposed to start Kindergarten in Sep. and my husband and I have had this conversation a lot. He was home-schooled and I went to public school most of my life and a year of Christian school. We both refuse the idea of public school for many many reasons, but Christian school (especially in our area) is so expensive. So we were figured home-schooling would be our best bet. Although I don't have the patience to fully home-school my difficult 5 year old the traditional way. Therefore, I was going to do virtual home-school through an online school that was accredited to give diplomas upon completion. Then I ended up having my third daughter a little over a month ago and realized that even that could be difficult with a 9 month old and a 3 year old at home also. So now we're looking into financial aid at our local Christian school and hopefully that will work out for us. If not then I guess I will have to put my sanity on hold for a little while and do the virtual home-school. I just can't bring myself to put her in public school (at least not the schools in our area) no matter what. So I don't really know what to tell you to make things better (i'm sorry) I guess I'm more so writing to say I feel your pain and I am right there with you! I also know that if your husband isn't supportive of whatever you choose it is sooo much harder on you, so I would suggest really talking it over with him and make sure he knows where your heart is on this and truly get a vision of his heart and together talk it through and find a happy medium for you both! Best of Luck and many prayers!!

Mary - posted on 01/31/2009

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I have 5 kids and my oldest 3 go to a charter school. Rules, applications, etc are somewhat like a private school, but it is free. You might check your area to see if you have any that give you a more "controlled" atmosphere. Ours is really small. They only have 15 students per class. Of course you could have a bad teacher anywhere, so if the teacher is the problem, no guarantees a change would help. But if you feel he could get a better education in a smaller classroom. This may be an option for you. We went to a charter school, then public, then got back into charter school as soon as I could. Love the difference!

Holly - posted on 01/30/2009

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Hi Heather. That's awesome about your son. Riley has had several opportunities to "shine" in his class too. He seems to befriend the ones who need the love and attention. His teacher has told me that he is the one she focuses on when she finds herself losing faith in parents. I thought that was really sweet and makes me feel like the things we are teaching him is getting through! That does give me some ray of hope.

Katie - posted on 01/30/2009

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Hi! My name is Katie and I have five kids and a Daycare.  I hear many terrible things that my kids learn at school, on the bus and on the T.V.  I just try to teach them as best I can and show them right path.  The temptations and bad things are always going to be out there, but God is with them and He is good. 



If you are sure you want private school you could look into this...Some of the Christian schools in my area of Michigan do offer assistance for tuition in exchange for volunteer time..

Heather - posted on 01/30/2009

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I would love to send my son to a Christian school, but we can't afford it either. He came home from kindergarden today and told me that his best friend doesn't believe in God. I was trying to explain to him that just because not everyone believes in him doesn't mean that he is real and he told me that he would tell her all about him! So I think maybe there is a reason for keeping him in public schools. If he is witnessing at 6 years old I can't help but think that God has wonderful plans for him! I bet that God has big plans for Riley too!

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