It seems like getting your child into a decent school for Kindergarten is remarkably similar to applying to Harvard these days.
Ace has a screening appointment coming up this week for the only school I will be very happy with him attending. It’s the best public school around and I certainly can’t afford private school, so if I don’t want him going to the other school near us (which is a smaller version of the one in Dangerous Minds, if any of you remember that movie) he must get in to this one. He screens on Friday so please keep him in your prayers.
Below are some of the things his Preschool teacher told me they screen them on:
01. Counting to 30 and identifying each number
02. Knowing all of the alphabet, both upper and lowercase, and identifying each letter and it’s sound.
03. The name of his city, state and country
04. His address
05. His telephone number
06. His birthdate
07. The first names of his parents/siblings
08. The words a, the, and, to, I, in, is, on, you, cat, ten, sit, dog, run and several other sight words.
09. How to write his first and last name
10. His social security number (just kidding–but I wouldn’t be surprised!)
11. Months (and identify their names)
12. Days of the week (and identify their names)
13. Draw a picture and explain it. They’re also observed with other children and asked to identify different pictures, objects, etc.
I’ve been practicing with him every now and then but I don’t want to overdo it and stress him out. I’m stressed enough for the both of us.
The good news is the school is remarkable. I am so impressed with what I’ve seen of the faculty and campus so far. The curriculum is unbelievable, I can’t believe what they’re teaching them even from Kindergarten! They work with computers everyday and will start learning about web design and video production. I’ll be honest it’s a little scary and part of me wants to keep him coloring and writing ABC’s for awhile longer but I have to accept that one day he will have to make it in society and he needs to be as prepared as possible.
Watching them grow up is so difficult, I never thought I would have so much trouble letting go of so many things! Each new step forward he takes makes my responsibility as his mother that much greater; I must remember the importance of prayer at all times.
Keep us in your prayers! I’ll keep you posted!
UPDATE: ACE WAS ACCEPTED INTO HARVARD! YIPEE!! Thank you all for your prayers! We are very excited to be a part of such an incredible school!