The Chatterbox

The Chatterbox

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Omaha Mama's picture Omaha Mama

I commented twice yesterday and they didn't save. We'll see if they do today!

Kindergarten has been such a great experience for us this year. We do go to the neighborhood school and our kids go to the church that we attend and where they go during the day is right in that school's back yard. A large school, but a great one just the same. Our little guy will go there when B is in third grade, I think he'll have the same kindergarten teacher. I guess I'm a little glad we didn't have too many choices, because I'm not sure I would've been able to make up my mind! I know there a private schools and parochial choices. We just didn't consider anything aside from what we've got. That made it easier for me, I'm horrible with making choices!

The great thing is you've got six months to get yourself ready, to see T grow. She will be taller and even more prepared by August. And hopefully so will you!

Aliki McElreath's picture Aliki McElreath

I'm sorry about your comments yesterday--I wonder why they didn't save? I heard from a couple others who tried to comment, too, and nothing appeared...

It sounds like the perfect arrangement, and that you'll have wonderful continuity. We're still half-minds about it, delaying the decision.

mouse's picture mouse

We're in an odd position where, if we do manage to get somewhere on kid #2, our kids will be about 7 years apart and so never in the same school at the same time. Our ideal situation would be my finding a tenure-track position towards the end of Scooter's elementary-school career, in which case #2 won't have started school yet. Even if I manage to find something permanent here, there will be enough of a gap that the local elementary school may have changed a lot by then (for example, there may be plans to build an addition to replace at least some of the portables).

I was really happy that Scooter got half a year of preschool in his current school before kindergarten started. It made it a lot less scary for him, but--most importantly--smoothed the transition for us!

Aliki McElreath's picture Aliki McElreath

I'm so sorry about the tantrums--this can be really tough. I'm finding that I hear lots of stories from parents of new kindergarten boys who are really struggling--they're getting into trouble, or acting "hyper" in class, etc. I do think that there are real differences between how boys approach school--especially when they are that young.

Can the teachers give him a "cool down" time when they notice that he's getting upset? Most kids exhibit signs of tantrum throwing before it happens, and maybe they can intervene?