Pre-kindergarten or no? My take.Thursday, July 31, 2008 12:22
My father and I disagree on whether or not Jason should be sent to Pre-K.
It’s not so much where he’s going to go for school, as both of us already agree on that, as much as it is when he should start attending. My theory is that he should start pre-kindergarten, and as long as it’s in the right setting, it shouldn’t do him too much harm… I’d probably send him to one of the local church’s specialized pre-kindergarten courses, as this city is really big on funding churches to provide those and I’m big on educating my son on religion.
When I was four years old, I didn’t attend either pre-kindergarten or kindergarten because, after assessing me, the school decided that there was nothing for me to gain from enrolling either year because I already knew how to read as well as a four and five-year-old should, other things too, and that sitting in the classes would simply be boring for me because I already knew all of the material. However, as much as that might have been true, I missed out on the social opportunities that going to school provided for me, and since my mother’s been a stay-at-home mother my entire life, I didn’t net any social opportunities from daycare because there was simply no need for me to go…
Now, nothing’s set in stone yet. I’m not going to sit here and say “I am sending my son to Pre-K!” and then not send him because either he wasn’t ready or something came up… I’m still deliberating all of this. However, I do want my son to be able to enjoy the opportunities that I missed out on… and I want him to be able to make friends at that age, sometimes even bring them over to his house, and to be proud of his accomplishments. Although he’s not lacking anywhere in the social graces, my guess is that his actual willingness to share and to actually think of what other people might want might teach other kids a thing or two; astoundingly, my son will share any food or item of his with you if you ask it of him, and if he knows he has something you like, he’ll come right up to you and hand it to you with a smile on his face! I’m so proud of my baby.