Childhood Diseases

Question
Posted by: Mom | 2011-03-24

Q.

Schooling

If you could please offer me your professional opinion on this matter I would be most grateful. I have the option of keeping my son in a small preschool with small classes where the focus is on individual attention as well as forming confidence, independence and life skills. I have been extremely happy with the school and my son is thriving academically and emotionally. However the school is out of our area and I am now left with the decision to take him out of school and put him in one of our areas feeder schools so that he can become friends with children who will attend the same primary school or leaving him at his old school and then move him to a school in the area when he starts grade one where there will no familiar faces from his old school. It is a very difficult decision as I have looked at the schools in my area and none of the ones I can afford offer small classes and the individual attention he has enjoyed and thrived on. Bottom line, is it more important to receive an excellent grounding academically or would it be better to have him form friendships before starting grade one?

Expert's Reply

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Paediatrician

Your son is not only thriving academically but also emotionally at his present school. The benefits of being at this school seem to outweigh any advantages to be gained by moving him to another school at this stage.Young children make new friends easily and a happy confident boy will thrive in any new environment when the time comes.

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Posted by: PUrple | 2011-03-24

Any friendship your child makes in grade one - the teacher will separate him from as they believe all teh children must try to get on with everyone.
Most children go to grade one not recognising a soul there, so he won''t be alone in that.
Even chidlren at grade 1 with children from pre-school tend to socialise only with who is in their actual class, and have often forgotten their grade R friends a few weeksinto the term.

I would go for keeping him in the small school, building his self confidence and ability to cope when he''s bigger and ready for big school.

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