Matthew finished up 3 year old preschool this past week. This school year finale was much easier on me than last year, when I cried and cried because I couldn’t imagine him having different teachers the next year. Getting new teachers is a fact of life and I’ve accepted it… And also worked hard to get him into the Pre-K class with his favorite teacher from this year as the assistant. 😁
Yes… I’m that mom. I make no apologies for it. I want my kid to be comfortable with the people who know and understand him. He has a lot of energy, and we’ve worked hard on that this year, learning to not push and hit when frustration sets in. Mrs. M helped us with that and also “gets” boys, so he’ll have her again next year. Yay!
We’re not sure if we’ll hold Matthew back until he’s 6 to start kindergarten our not, so I’m looking at this as Pre-K round one coming up. We’ll see… A lot can happen in one year!
Hi, there, I’m Courtney. I never planned to stay home with my kids, but I got sucked into motherhood when my first baby came into our lives after years of infertility and multiple rounds of IVF. His brother followed closely behind, something we didn’t plan on after having such a rough road with achieving parenthood the first time around. My boys are IVF cycle twins, conceived on the same day but born two years and one day apart (they were both transferred on the same day in October, but with two years between them). My boys are the best of friends and my husband is a terrific husband, father, and most importantly… friend. He fully supported my desire to stay home (“I just wanted it to be your idea and not mine, I totally want you to stay home and raise our kids!”) and encourages me in everything I do.
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May 23, 2015 at 7:01 pm
Cute! We are on the same track. Pre k v1. She is late September and l don’t want her to be the youngest so we are waiting. That makes this growing up a little easier!
May 29, 2015 at 5:33 pm
He looks so grown up in the top right photo!
Is it common to hold kids back until 6 to start kindergarten around there? Everyone I know around here is thankful when their kid makes the 5yo cut off age to get them in sooner for childcare cost reasons. HA! Stella will do 2 years of pre-k and start kindergarten at 5y9m since she’s a December baby.
May 29, 2015 at 11:03 pm
It’s becoming way more common, and teachers recommend it for boys. The state is trying to squelch it by paying only for pre-k if the kid is 4 on the day he starts pre-k. So if your kid turns 4 on September 5th, and school starts the 6th, then pre-k happens as a very young 4 year old. Most parents with September birthdays here prefer to hold kids another year so they’re not the youngest in the class.
Pre-k here is the final year of preschool before kindergarten. Everything before that is just “preschool.”. We have this distinction since the state pays for pre-k. What you’re doing with Stella is normal for a December birthday but here, we consider her first year as preschool, and then her year starting as a 4-year old as pre-k, even if both years are done in a public school. It’s all about funding and state regulations!
May 30, 2015 at 12:51 pm
Yeah, there’s no funding for pre-k (or pre-school?) in Colorado, so even though she’s going to a public pre-k, we pay out of pocket for it, and the 3 & 4 year olds are all in the same class. It’s so different in different places!