Do you wish to spend more time with your children and educate them the way you want? Are you dissatisfied with your public or private school? Do you disagree with Common Core? Is your child being labeled and told they are not keeping up with the rest of the class? Does your child complain of headaches, an upset stomach or anxiety? Is it a daily struggle every morning with your child to get them up and ready for school? Do you have trouble getting your child to do their homework after school or on the weekends?
I know what you are going through because I went through it with my oldest daughter who is now an adult. My daughter was born in August 1989. She started school a few days before her fifth birthday. In 1994 when I registered her for K5 I was 22 years old and believed that the schools knew best how to educate my child. I just did not know any better. In fact, I had never heard of home education at that time. When I brought my daughter to the school for the testing/registration process, a woman had us sit down with her in the cafeteria with all the other parents and their children. I did not question whether she was a volunteer or a teacher at that time. Knowing what I know now, I should have. The woman talked to me about my oldest daughter and then proceeded to test my daughter on her knowledge of the alphabet, numbers, colors and shapes. She was also tested for self-care, cognitive, language, fine and gross motor skills. The woman doing the testing asked me how she got along with others and if I felt she had any special needs that needed to be addressed. Since I had been working with my daughter on the skills mentioned above, since she was a toddler, I said no. I was told that everything looked good and that my daughter passed her kindergarten registration.
The woman asked if I wanted my daughter to go for half or full day kindergarten and I opted for half-days in the morning. She then asked for my daughter’s birth certificate and immunization record which I provided to her. I was told that I had a choice of three teachers to pick from. I already knew who I wanted for my daughter’s teacher. The woman wrote the teacher’s name down and said that she would be my first choice and the other two that I picked would be second and third. I was informed that the teacher I picked as my first choice was highly requested every year and that it was very hard to get her, but I should still list her as my first choice. The woman said that I would receive a letter in the mail with the teacher’s name and any other instructions in about a month. I was also given a supply list as well as other paperwork to take home.
A month later I received my letter in the mail with the teacher’s name on it. I was very happy to see that she got the teacher I wanted. This teacher was the most popular and highest rated teacher in the school district. In the past she won many teaching awards and was honored for her teaching skills by her peers and community. This particular teacher was also teaching at the same elementary school that I was attending when I was a child. I remember her because she was always kind to her students, not to mention very pretty and immaculately dressed every day. I never had her as a teacher for kindergarten, but I remember walking past her classroom often.
I will never forget my daughter’s first day of kindergarten. It was a beautiful warm day and I took a personal day off at work so that I could walk her to school and get her settled in. My mother was in town visiting and she walked along with us to school that morning. My daughter who at that time loved Barney, was wearing Barney from head to toe. She had the complete outfit including a Barney backpack! The picture of her on her first day of K5 in her Barney outfit was priceless! I do not recall her having any issues on her first day. I remember my daughter giving me a hug and a kiss at her door and then walking into the classroom ready to learn.
I hope you enjoyed reading this post. Stay tuned because there will be more to this story coming soon. Please leave a comment and let me know that you were here! Below is my oldest daughter, age 5 as a pony in her K5 circus program.