Preschool vs. Readiness
Here I am reading the message boards and while finding them fairly helpful, am still confused as all heck! I am a mother of 2 and I am in a situation where my son is 4 & 1/2 (turning 5 in late Aug.) and spends 4 days a week w/ grandparents and his 2 year old sister (both of us work full time) and 1 day a week at a daycare. My original plan was to send him to the 1/2 day readiness kindergarten program then the 1/2 day developmental kindergarten program, but just this year that has all changed. Now being implemented is a full day every day readiness class and still the 1/2 day develop. kingdergarten. Both of which at the end of the school year will be advancing to first grade. Yes, the readiness class will advance to 1st grade! For my son, who is probably lacking a little socially, I'm so torn. I'm not for certain he's ready for an all day program compared to what he's currently doing on a weekly basis. One idea is doing a preschool program 3 days a week (afternoons)this coming year and then going to kindergarten next year. While this seems to be a valid choice, my main concern is I don't believe they are going to keep the readiness program next year, instead going straight to developmental. I, like many other parents, do not want my child to "struggle" to get thru his 1st bout w/ school. I would rather start him out slowly than throw him in a situation where it's just "too much". I've talked to a lot of people on the topic and have been led to feel that I'm just not pushing him enough if I don't sent him to readiness claiming that it is basically a glorified preschool. Keep in mind preschool is a few days a week and the new readiness program will be 5 days, all day. Worst case scenario is that he goes to readiness, isn't ready to go to first grade and then repeats. Should I go into it thinking like that? Probably not. What if I do the preschool thing and then kindergarten and then he's still not ready. Now he's going to repeat kindergarten and turning 7? I'm just looking for some guidance.