I decided after Kaila left preschool that the best place for her to be was a Christian private school, many things lead me to that conclusion. I was afraid because of her phonological disorder it may help her better transition into elementary school, the better education, a more one on one education, and the small class size.
Having to memorize scripture every week has given Kaila many challenges, but it’s also given her some strengths. She’s had to become very disciplined with her school work and has taken away lessons from the scripture. These are lessons you learn early on that make for even greater success throughout life. I can’t thank her school and her teachers enough for that.
I can say without a doubt I wouldn’t take the past year back, going to her school has given her so many wonderful learning opportunities. She is now about to complete her speech therapy and we are told by the time she is six you will never know she ever had a disorder to begin with. She’ll have to work on it which won’t be easy but seeing how far she’s come in two years she can do anything she sets her mind to!
Kaila is one of the most loving children I know, granted she’s my daughter she has a heart of gold and the personality to match. Just ask anyone who knows her!
I have gone back and fourth with this decision, I prayed about it, asked friends and family. My husband and I have given it a lot of thought and next year Kaila will not go back to school at her private school, she will instead join her local public school as a first grader. Our decision wasn’t financial by any means and I believe without a doubt she will transition into first grade well prepared and eager to learn. I also believe she will make friends and have experiences she wouldn’t have had in a private school.
Sure she may miss some of the friends she made but to be perfectly honest she hasn’t had any real connections with the other children. Their parents are much older than her father and I are, and the children are not given much time for socializing. That’s what you get in private school, which I believe will be helpful for every year from here on out. That also means again, she has no real connection with the children at her school.
Do you remember Kindergarten?
I do, in fact I am still friends with my very first best friend Kirsten. The sleepovers and the endless amounts of fun I had with my friends in elementary school are memories I will never forget. They made my childhood special and I want Kaila to have that. Not only that, we live in an exceptional school district and with two parents who are dedicated to our children I believe my children will successes with or without private school.
That said, I within my heart know what is best.
I’m taking my child out of private school!