Jay Goes to Kindergarten| First Impressions

Today Jay officially started kindergarten. We got him registered on Monday, and when they told me he could start "tomorrow", I was in a little bit of shock, but knew if I didn't jump in with two feet, I likely never would have pulled the plug. I mentioned to the people in the office about him being "younger" and that he had an August birthday, and they flat out said that they didn't care about that, and they were more than happy to have Jay attending school there. Obviously I really liked the people in the office for that. 

As a whole, kindergarten is a lot less intense here then it is basically everywhere else in the country. They call it "half day" kindergarten, but it's really like quarter day kindergarten since he only goes for 2 1/2 hours. I don't really know what you can learn and accomplish in a classroom with 1 teacher, 25 kids, and only 2 1/2 hours, but I'm just fairly confident that this isn't going to be an extremely intense year for Jay by any means. 

I know a lot of parents are interested in school homework policies so I'll share that Jay does have homework. His teacher sends home a two page, front and back packet each week with some material the kids are to cover at home, and we're expected to read at home to the kids, or have them read to us for 15 minutes each day. The packet was not intense at all. Jay finished the entire week's worth of homework tonight in 15 minutes and then we sat on the couch and read books while Em napped. To be honest, I know a lot of parents cringe at homework, but I really don't mind it, especially when my kid is only in school for 2 1/2 hours per day. 

And I know some of you might be thinking it... no, I am not still making Jay do his homeschool lessons in addition to public school. I unenrolled him tonight from all his coursework through Acellus Academy, and am happy to close that chapter of our lives for right now. Is it something I'm willing to do again in the future if I think it's needed? Sure! But for right now, I think he'll thrive where he is. 

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