Our kids all attended a different kindergarten. Typically a family just sends their kids down the block to the neighborhood school – and their kids all attend the same school, and many times have the same teacher.
We evidently like to shake things up or treat our kids like little science experiments. Or maybe we live in a big city and our kids just didn’t get into the same schools. BINGO!
Eloise went to a small Catholic school for kindergarten because we did not get into a public school on our choice list. It was fine. Safe. And just fine. She was bored, but she loved her teacher. And made a point to cry almost every Wednesday because of Mass. We moved her to a public school for first grade.
Esther went to a Montessori school for kindergarten. We loved it. She loved it. Sometimes I still regret moving her to be at the same school as her big sister. Montessori was Esther’s style.
Astrid is going to a public charter school for kindergarten. It’s a Classical Academy. And in the early years they focus on grammar and a core basis of knowledge. So these littles have a lot of information coming at them at a very young age – based upon the research that little kids can memorize like crazy(and yes, they are also learning Latin) – so they use songs and other mnemonic tools to teach facts.
After only a few months of school Astrid knows her months, days, continents, and now almost every country on those continents, animals, species, all the bones in her body, and just a crazy amount of things. As well as doing math that my older girls were doing in first grade, and her reading is just exploding.
AND – she’s having fun and doesn’t feel overwhelmed and loves school.
I’m not an educator. I gauge my kids based on how happy they are at school, if they enjoy their friends, and if they want to get up and get back to school the next day.
There are so many ways to teach – and I’m not an expert.
But dang she’s cute when she sings the countries of North America song.
Pretty sure I’m not biased.
Kindergarten – whether for us it’s been a classical environment, Montessori, or Parochial – certainly isn’t the kindergarten of my youth with just letters, coloring, naps, snacks, and storytime.