Since we don't have anything else to do, we have decided to make ourselves crazy trying to figure out what to do about school for Viva. I think I've mentioned this before, and no doubt I will mention it again.
The preschool years represent a critical window of opportunity that we can't afford to waste."
--Maryann O'Sullivan, Founder and Former CEO of Preschool
Viva enjoys school. She is reading at a very basic level. She can add and subtract. She is learning how to tell time and count money. She is, just as importantly, very social and gets along well with her peers. That said, she is only 4 years old. Because we have swallowed the whole "first five" shpiel hook, line, and sinker, we are spending an obscene amount of money on preschool. It would be nice to catch a break and get her into a good public kindergarten. I am putting in an application for her for Fall 2008 for a progressive, constructivist charter school and hoping like hell she gets in.
Sweet Dub's best friend has a daughter that is one year older than Viva. His daughter is also very bright, and she went to a very good preschool up until this fall, when she started public kindergarten.
"She's bored," Sweet Dub's friend said. "They have kids in her class who don't even know their colors." He also said that the teacher doesn't have time to teach to these varying levels, so she teaches at pretty much the lowest common denominator. This is exactly what I was worried about.
On the other hand, there is one part of my brain that says, "It's just kindergarten. Chill out and supplement school with what you do at home." What do you think?
P.S. Still no Internet access at home. Completely unacceptable.
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