Okay, I admit it. My oldest starts Kindergarten this fall, and it makes me feel like a drooling, slack-jawed moron.
I've agonized over this for like six months now. First there was the question of where to send him. I have nothing against public schools - I myself am the product of one and, well, look how brilliantly I turned out.
Anyway, Colin's fairly advanced for his age. He can read and write, count by tens, and watches boring medical documentaries on YouTube like they're the latest Disney flick (he lectured Curtis yesterday about emphysema). But I checked out the Kindergarten curriculum for the public elementary he'd be going to, and it's all stuff he already knows. I don't want his first experience with school to be boring and slow-paced for him ... I want it to be exciting and enriching. I want his education to foster his love of learning. So we checked into a few private schools in the area. They seem better suited to him because they're generally more tailored to the individual student - but they're also pricey. Like, two-new-car-payments-worth pricey. Even the ones at the lower end of the cost spectrum are enough to make me cringe a little bit. I mean, forking over that kind of cash every year, how will I ever get my boob job?
Not only am I not sure what to do, I'm not even sure about when to do it. I know there's a Kindergarten registration at every school, private or public ... but I figured it would take place, like, over the summer sometime. But then I see all these Facebook friends lately having statuses like, "Took Jimmy to Kindergarten roundup last night!" and "Just registered Sophie for school," and I'm all, "???"
Because ... already? It's like ... barely spring.
I hate to admit being this much of a bumbling idiot when it comes to school matters, but admitting it is the first step - right? How does everybody else seem to instinctively know what to do and when to do it, while I have to be slapped upside the head with a notification (via Facebook, no less)?
Those of you with school-aged kids ... did you just know what to do when the time came? Did you go through any school-starting dilemmas? I need advice and stories!
Whoever said Kindergarten was easy has never sent a child there ...