ravishingjane — Wed, 08/17/2011 - 11:09
These past couple of days I have been filled to the brim with excitement and nerves for the little lady of the house. We made a last minute decision to put her into public kindergarten and her first day of school is one week from today.
After all the torture we put ourselves through with trying to figure out where to send Q-Bear to school next year, public vs. private, I feel like I wasted a lot of good energy and grew a few new wrinkles just to end up changing our minds at the last minute. But here we are, and she is SO excited.
Our original decision to keep her in Montessori through Kindergarten was due to our not wanting her to be bored while her public classmates learned things she has known for years. I decided to speak with a different Kindergarten teacher at a different elementary in a different (nicer) part of town and learned that they have a plentiful amount of 5 year olds entering Kindergarten each year that are already reading/writing. One student tested out of Kindergarten at a 5th grade reading level! Plus, they still had space for a few more children. I think my eyes flashed dollar signs when we decided to make the change and put her in a public school. We will save a nice chunk of money this year by only having Baby Face in Montessori in opposed to having them both there.
Her new school is across town, but luckily Boise is small enough to where "across town" means a 10 minute drive. She'll be at school for less than 3 hours a day which means I'll get to spend some solo time with her and put her into some extracurricular activities. Where she's at in herself right now, this will be a good thing. She's growing up and is ready for a change. I'm so excited for her that I find it hard to concentrate on anything else.
Last night I took her out shopping for her first school bag and school supplies. Tomorrow is her last day at Montessori, where she has been a student for 4 years with many of the same children. Friday her new school is having an open house for students to meet their teachers and drop off their supplies. Next Wednesday she will have her first day. Wow!