Kindergarten Craziness

June 10, 2008 at 7:15 pm 1 comment

The Kindergarten decision.  In Chicago, the stress involved is as great as applying to college.  Or come to think of it, maybe more stressful.  At least for college the child in question will share in the decision-making, sparing the parent the burden of single-handedly choosing the “wrong” school and messing up their kid for life.  For now, it is up to us to make the call, wondering what the 8th grade version of our child will be like and what type of education/environment is best suited for this nebulous concept of a child.  (Of course most of us are envisioning studious, vibrant, and talkative 8th grade offspring who have developed a true love of learning rather than the type who will roll their eyes at us, slack on their homework, mumble answers to our questions, and cause various types of trouble at school.)

And Kindergarten Chicago style is more crazy than any friends in the suburbs or other states can even imagine:  Touring schools, sending out lottery applications, gifted/classical testing, application fees, play parties, reading message boards, shmoozing principals, talking to random strangers at the playground…. it is almost enough to drive one to the suburbs.  Yet we persist.  And pray to the Gods of the CPS lottery hoping we’ll hit the jackpot.

I have been preparing for and anticipating the Kindergarten decision for over 2 years.  Half my son’s life, in fact.  And now, with a brain full of knowledge and experience, I feel the need to continue charting my progress as we dive head first into CPS.  I’d also like a place to share information with other parents who are going through this strange and interesting journey.

At the aquarium the other day, my son and I threw pennies into the fountain and made a wish.  He wished for a machine that could transform him into a robot.  I wished for a good school experience for him.  Not to be selfish, but I hope mine comes true before his does (although I could put that robot to work around the house….)

 

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