I mentioned before that I was taking my 5 and a half year old out of her private school. We made the switch this week. At first I felt really bad about it, I second guessed my decisions and shed tears over the guilt I felt. Was private school better for her than public school?
So we gave it a try, you never know until you try right? Kaila had a wonderful first few days, she was assigned a table and shown around the school. Granted she was a little scared that first day she handled it extremely well. She put both feet forward and gave it all she had. Immediately they were painting, and much to her surprise her letter was the same this week. She celebrated Chinese New Year and ate with chop sticks.
There plenty of additional writing projects. She likes that there is story time in the library before school and that they visit their “buddy class”, the other Kindergarten class. The other girls in her class were eager to show her how things are done, and she quickly found friends and played out on the playground.
I didn’t realize before what her private school was lacking. They supplemented socializing with church activities. Our family didn’t exactly fit in, we didn’t know where to stand. Not a full time attending member of the church Kaila lacked the additional social aspects of school. She lacked learning about the world and yet learned about the Lord. She ran around in the gym at her private school but lacked a playground and windows, and exploring the school. She was given discipline and regiment at private school and lacked making her own choices.
I can say that in the past 81 days at private school she came so far. Almost completely done with speech therapy, able to count to 100, beginning to read, doing basic math, and memorized 20 pieces of scripture. I’ve come to find out that in public school there’s a lot to learn. It moves fast, and the work they are doing is far beyond what Kaila was doing before. We’re making some adjustments and preparing for her weekly homework.
Now I ask myself can she keep up with public school and it not the other way around? Here I thought she might possibly lack an education yet come to realize she is not, she in fact was lacking. I believe after experiencing both that Kaila is just fine where she is at. I know it will make her a better person, and it better fits our family as a whole. And she wants you to know, she has to share her crayons.
But she’s okay with that.