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Advice about Kindergarten
Advice about Being in Kindergarten
I am currently touring preschools (first-time parent) and it occurs to me that I don't know what I'm trying to prepare my child for. I did not go to Kindergarten, I was kept in a Montessori until starting 1st grade. My experience with that, and mind you this was 30 years ago, was very negative - mainly because the kids already knew each other from Kindergarten and I was excluded starting on day one, and also because I had no orientation to the school or how the classroom worked, and found it very challenging to adjust to. So, I definitely want my child to go to Kindergarten, either public or private, we're not sure at this point. What happens in Kindergarten? Is it like a more structured preschool? Do they still get some free-play like art and blocks/toys? Or do they sit at desks like in 1st grade? I'm looking for very current information, what is Kindergarten like now, not how it was 10 or even 5 years ago - I've heard it's ''the new 1st grade''?? Does it depend on the Kindergarten (public vs private)? Here's my specific concern - if my child is in a play-based preschool where he is never told to sit and do a specific task, will he be totally unprepared for Kindergarten? Appreciate any input on this! Thinking ahead
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