Kindergarten Follow up

2010 March 1
by Carissa

At the beginning of the school year I shared a Kindergarten story.

Turns out, he was not smarter than a Kindergartner and therefore got to STAY in all day Kindergarten.


They re-evaluated.


Now? He is. Smarter than a Kindergartner, I mean. He’s reading. (Man is it cute to listen to him!) He can count by 5s to 100. He adds single digits in his head. And I quote the teacher: “He excels in science.” I’m not sure what science Kindergartners do, but apparently he excels.

We got the call last week.

“Mrs. Rogers? We think your little boy is amazing. And we evaluated all our little friends in Kindergarten, and we are very pleased that our teachers are teaching so well. And we don’t mean to cause any problem, but… he can’t stay in all day Kindergarten.”

So much for public school, eh? It’s a long financial story, but they ran out of funds for EVERY child to stay all day, they only have extra funds for children who meet a ‘need’. And we no longer ‘need’ that extra hour and a half.

Our options are:

Pick him up early (while 2/3 of his friends stay the rest of the day) or pay each month to allow him to stay the full day.

Welcome to education in 2010.


My husband’s suggestion: Hire him out as a tutor the last hour and the school can pay HIM!

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5 Responses
  1. March 1, 2010

    Shut UP! Really? You have an option to PAY? Wow. Given the friend situation I would serioulsy wonder what was best to do, but having to pay…oy! Seems like at this point they need to just leave it as it is and hope their evalutations are better and more comprehensive next year.Good luck with that decision!

    P.S. I like your husband’s idea.
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  2. March 1, 2010

    I know right.. gee thanks for the ‘OPTION’ to pay for my kid to attend public school. Thankyouverymuch.

  3. March 1, 2010

    That is insane, but sadly not too shocking in this day and age of schools with no money and such. Glad your little boy is doing so well, but I don’t know what I’d do in your situation. I mean if most of the kids are staying, how are they even saving much money by kicking out some of the kids? Or do they know they can kind of force you into it and thereby make a little extra money? Seems so wrong.

  4. Melissa Ann permalink
    March 2, 2010

    Although I’m particularly fond of Boyd’s suggestion, in the end I would probably just pay and complain a lot 🙂

    (Did I say ‘complain’? Ooops. I meant ‘constructively criticize’ the state of our public education system for the purpose of affecting positive change… Or you really could just complain “s”!)

    So my little one isn’t even using verbs yet… How does one raise such a kindergarten prodigy? Seriously – do you think having older siblings helped? Or did you actually do exercises with him, or just follow his lead?

    Right now I just want Claire to use verbs – but counting and reading sometime later would be good too!

  5. Susie permalink
    March 4, 2010

    Love the idea of your son tutoring! We have all day kindergarten, I can’t imagine the school system telling you that this far into the school year. The school system originally had 1 class that went all day every day based on testing…the other two classes, one went all days on Mon, Wed and every other Friday, and the other went Tues, Thurs and every other Friday. Now finally the past 3 years all three classes go all day everyday. It seems to be working well. but we are a small rural area school compared to most. You never know what the states are going to throw at you for funding. Good luck with your “options”.

    Btw-we like the oreo truffles too and have used white chocolate for ours and made the heart shapes for v-day. Also have just spread in a pan and spread the chocolate across top and cut in squares..lot less mess than dipping.

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