HELP! A BIT LOST

Desiree - posted on 06/26/2013 ( 2 moms have responded )

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I'm new here and to new to asking other moms for it but I need HELP or rather direction. My 4 1/2 year old daughter has never had any formal education, no preschool, no daycare, no babysitters outside the family, just me. On the other hand I love teaching and have spent thousands of dollars on materials that I continue to still use to keep her ahead. She was blending sounds at 19 months can count to 100, also by 2's, 5's, 10's loves math, enjoys tangrams, knows all letter sounds can write all abcs upper and lowercase and numbers and is beyond sight words she sounds out Everything, and spelling even better. I am so proud of her, but kindergarten is approaching, and thats where I am lost. Testing, admissions, if they would hold her back just saying, like any mom I just want the best for my daughter please help

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Do you plan to send her to a public or private kindergarten?
If you are going private, just call the schools you are interested in and ask about their admissions requirements. Most will be very upfront with you. Still, they fill up fast, so I could consider applying to more than one if you go that route.

If you are going public, you can call any school that offers kindergarten and the office staff should be able to tell you what they like for kids to know already, and what will be taught over the year, or give you the number to a district officer who can. Public schools have to accept everyone in their district--there are no academic requirements. That said, teaching her the basics will give her a definite head start and insure that her experience during the first year if fun and exciting, rather than stressful and difficult.

It sounds like she is right on par to start kindy and will do very well her first year. Talk to teachers in the school you are going to attend to see where she stands against other children in her age group. If she is very far ahead, work on reading fluency with her over the summer so that she can read quietly to herself once her work is done while the teacher focuses on others. This will keep her from having behavioral issues due to boredom. I doubt very much she would be held back in either setting--many children arrive the first day of school having never experienced daycare, social groups, or even academic training from their parents.

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Desiree - posted on 06/26/2013

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Thank you, that info will help me a lot, not to mention I feel relieved knowing that she isn't the only child who goes straight to kindergarten with no "formal training". Bless you and thanks again. : )

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