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Too smart for preschool?

I’m not a mommy bragger by any stretch of the definition. Of course I think my kids are awesome, and I know their strengths and weaknesses better than anyone, and I find myself constantly surprised by the things they can do- but I always remain humble about it. Other kids are smart as well. Some may even be smarter, no doubt about that.

Holden’s preschool screening was yesterday. Our public preschool system is small and selective. They don’t have many slots, but there are a LOT of people who want their kids in it. Why not, it’s free?
What I didn’t know was that in order to get IN to this preschool, your kid has to NEED to be in it. Not to say that only stupid kids get in, but the ones who need the structure and learning help the most are the ones who get the slots first.

I couldn’t go to the screening, as it was Parker’s nap time and I just couldn’t see a screening going well with a little brother crying about being tired interrupting it, so I stayed home with him while Thomas took Holden.

They did the normal tests. Pick out this letter, this number, this color, this shape. Which one is bigger, which one is smaller. Holden didn’t get them ALL right, but from what Thomas says he did really well. It wasn’t the testing that the screener was surprised by. It was the way Holden phrases things, how he picks things out, the way he speaks. Even with turning his L’s into W’s, he, according to the screener, has the mentality of a 7 year old. That I was surprised to hear.

Due to that, I don’t think Holden will be claiming one of the coveted spots, as he doesn’t seem to need the structure and help as much as other kids- even though the screener thinks he is more than ready to be in school.
I suppose if he doesn’t get in, I won’t feel so bad about wanting to keep him out because of the incredibly long days they have.

We may find out if he gets in in a week, and it could take up to 90 days. I still don’t know what i’ll do if he gets accepted. I still haven’t been able to wrap my mind around him having FULL school days. He may seem ready, but i’m just not sure.

We will just have to wait and see, and decide what to do once we get the letter.

Posted on July 6, 2011 by Holdin' Holden 0 Comment
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