OP your friend has 4 kids, has been through this all before and will know what's best for her child. She's not denying her life saving medication, or endangering her in any other way. You may not agree with her decisions but in my opinion that's what great friendships are all about.
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14-11-2012 14:49 #21
14-11-2012 14:54 #22
I don't think there's anything wrong with you telling her the reasons why YOU and your children love kindy/prep and how beneficial you think it is for YOUR children and their socialisation. That's not coming out and saying "YOU SHOULD SEND YOUR CHILDREN TO SCHOOL" it's just giving a different perspectiv, which may in turn prompt her to think it over further.
In the end though it is her choice and she does know her children best. I totally get where you're coming from though.
14-11-2012 14:54 #23
In that particular situation- yes I would. Because I'm a teacher and there is SOOOOOO much stuff they do in Prep.
If you're that concerned about it then I would download all the Prep guides and stuff from Education Qld, and the foundation (prep) and Grade 1 levels expected in the National Curriculum (available at National Curriculum and pass them on to your friend.
I think Prep is essential. It's not 'preschool' any more, it's the first year of school.
But generally we accept each others differences. But year, for things like this we do give our opinion.
14-11-2012 15:38 #24Senior Member
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Thanks for all the replies! I probably should have said in the OP that I also come from a teaching background which is perhaps why she mentioned it to me.
I have no opinions on her not sending her child to Kindy, I just worry about her missing Prep because as OJandMe said it really is now considered the first year of school and can be so beneficial not just academically but also in terms of familiarisation with the school, school behaviour and the cohort that she will likely spend the next 7 years with as peers. My friend said she would just put her straight into Year 1 the following year and I worry that she's going to have a hard time getting used to following rules and making friends when the others have already been doing that for 1 or 2 years, and then it'll be even harder for my friend.
Anyway I think I will take the majority advice and say nothing unless she brings it up again. Thanks
14-11-2012 16:12 #25
Do you say anything if you disagree with friends parenting?
14-11-2012 17:27 #26Senior Member
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Are her other three children well adusted, normal kids? From general observation, if the answer is yes, don't say anything. My personal opinion is that there is an overemphasis on early education, and your friend may well be on to something.
14-11-2012 17:50 #27
I think I'm confused with the meaning of prep in this thread - OP is it prep as in the first year of primary school? or prep as in kindergarten?
Not that it matters, I'm just curious...
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