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    Default Re: *spin off* Will you be sending ur kids to kindy and/ or prep?

    Yes we are in Qld and my son goes into prep next year age 5 and 2 months. He is an only child so for us it was an easy decision. However, he does have Aspergers, if school doesn't work out, we are open to home schooling with loads of extra activities and social outings.

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    Default Re: *spin off* Will you be sending ur kids to kindy and/ or prep?

    Quote Originally Posted by Pina Colada View Post
    My children have/will all go to kindy. In Qld that is the part time year which they turn 4 by 30th June. It is non compulsory.

    They will also go to prep which is the first year of compulsory attendance the year before Year 1 in qld.

    Between Dd1 and DS attending kindy and prep the national curriculum was introduced so I have seen first hand the difference. What Dd1 learned in Year 1, they now learn in Prep.

    Also, what Dd1 learned in Prep they are now doing in kindy ie. Jolly Phonics.

    I personally believe if my children didn't attend kindy or prep they would certainly be at a disadvantage. Kindy and prep are no longer social and solely play based.
    Prep is not compulsory in Qld.

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    DD is 4 and goes to kindy. It has been a really positive thing for her, she was getting very bored at home, even with playgroups etc and needed something more.
    It is also been good for me to get a break from her (as bad as that may sound) and i would never be able to afford childcare, whereas kindy is very affordable.

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    My girl is just finishing 3 year old kindy ( Reggio Emilia ) and will be doing 4 year old next year .. Then off to school .. She has loved it and amazes me everyday with her knowledge and social skills . .. For us it was a no brainier her doing 3 year old !!

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    Default Re: *spin off* Will you be sending ur kids to kindy and/ or prep?

    Quote Originally Posted by BornToBe View Post
    Nope, I don't believe positive socialisation is best achieved as a bunch of kids the same age being together day in-day out, led by one or two adults. It's a kind of socialisation, sure, but perhaps not entirely a positive one (for ALL children) and certainly not an essential one. My little one learns best by having children (and adults) of all ages around her and that perfectly found via home school meets and informal social gatherings with my guidance/attendance; we'll stick with that and may well end up home schooling in the end.

    Have to add the ol' bubhub disclaimer: This post is intended to reflect a decision and/or opinion of my family and nobody else's. This post is in no way a reflection upon your personal decisions and is not intended to offend.

    What are the costs involved in home schooling, anyone know? Is it more expensive than public schooling cause you would have to buy all the materials etc yourself wouldnt you?

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    Quote Originally Posted by BornToBe View Post
    Nope, I don't believe positive socialisation is best achieved as a bunch of kids the same age being together day in-day out, led by one or two adults. It's a kind of socialisation, sure, but perhaps not entirely a positive one (for ALL children) and certainly not an essential one. My little one learns best by having children (and adults) of all ages around her and that perfectly found via home school meets and informal social gatherings with my guidance/attendance; we'll stick with that and may well end up home schooling in the end.

    Have to add the ol' bubhub disclaimer: This post is intended to reflect a decision and/or opinion of my family and nobody else's. This post is in no way a reflection upon your personal decisions and is not intended to offend.

    My hat is off to you. I think Homeschooling done properly and tailored to the individual children offers the best start for the children. It is however expensive both financially and in time and commitment therefore many parents cannot offer this option for their children. I would love to be able to do so, but it really hasn't eventuated for my family.

    Actually what I think would be ideal would be a combined approach, where the parents could homeschool in the areas they had means to, and the child could attend classes for those that the parents didn't have means to offer themselves. For example, I would love to homeschool my children in the academic areas, and send them to school for music, PE, and LOTE (which are the areas I am lacking in). Also some subjects (eg high school science) require specialised equipment that is typically not available at home.

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    I actually do agree sweetseven; I think part time school would be totally awesome, as 6 hours (minimum) p/day 5 days per week plus homework is just too much for youngsters in my opinion. BUT part time is really not encouraged or indeed even allowed (not 100% on this, have heard conflicting things) by public or private schools... wouldn't it be awesome though? All those different experiences.

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    Default Re: *spin off* Will you be sending ur kids to kindy and/ or prep?

    I definitely agree that homework in their early schooling years isnt ideal ive been looking into it and other than reading and maybe 5 mins a night max on some worksheet or something i wont be allowing it. Its precious family time.

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    Here in Tasmania the kindergarten is attached to the schools and kids start kinder the year they turn 5, so my DD turns 5 in May next year and will start kinder 3 days a week.

    Some of the private schools and day care centres have 3 or 4 year old kinder programmes. But all the government and catholic schools start from kindergarten the year the child turns 5. The kinder kids wear the same uniform and generally have their own playground area that isn't accessed by the older kids.

    It seems to be widely accepted here in Tas that kids start school (kinder) they year they turn 5. I do know a couple of families whose child was born in December (making them one of the youngest if the started school the year they turned five) who have started their kids a year later but most people seem to go with kinder the year they start 5.

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    I wasnt planning on enrolling my kids until they were in year 1. However..... My DS1 really wanted to go and Im glad I did send him. He has learnt so much and is loving it to bits. Now I cant wait to send DS2 If only to get a break from him. He is lovely but OMG a handful!
    If traditional school doesnt agree with them I will look into alternative schooling options.


 

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