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#51 cristina86

Posted 04 February 2014 - 11:17 AM


Edited by cristina86, 07 February 2015 - 03:49 PM.

#52 Grinchette

Posted 04 February 2014 - 12:08 PM

Thanks Cristina.  ...off to buy a washable marker....

#53 Grinchette

Posted 04 February 2014 - 05:27 PM

Today she came home minus hair ribbons (doubled knots, so I'm not sure how on earth they fell off), and her pinnie. Day 3 and I'm set to be our uniform shop's number 1 customer.

#54 Avidreader

Posted 04 February 2014 - 06:33 PM

Sounds like it is going well for everyone- lost property notwithstanding!

DS loves school so far. His teacher picked up he could read on the first day as I expected and we are now just experimenting to see what level he should start on.

I also gave out party invites on the first day as DS is turning 5 on Sunday. We are in NSW but he is one of the youngest in the class. The school didn't accept anyone (even siblings of existing students) who were born from late March onwards. Around here this is standard-pretty high socioeconomic area so we don't have the 4 year olds being sent early that some areas get to avoid high child care fees ( my sister is a teacher in one of those schools). Btw not saying that is the driving force of everyone who send early but for some it is- whether the child is ready or not!

Haven't lost anything yet so fingers crossed that continues!

#55 cristina86

Posted 04 February 2014 - 06:51 PM


Edited by cristina86, 07 February 2015 - 03:48 PM.

#56 cristina86

Posted 04 February 2014 - 06:56 PM


Edited by cristina86, 07 February 2015 - 03:48 PM.

#57 newphase

Posted 05 February 2014 - 05:24 PM

Perhaps Avidradears DS's school is private or Catholic...they have choice!

Re sending kids to school to avoid childcare costs- in lower socio-economic areas, and even my friend who is fairly well off, sent her son, when technically he could go but out to have spent another year at Kinder. At $10K plus a year day care for one child, school is a cheaper option even for some more well to do.
Like my son, he is born 28th April, in VIC the end April is our cut off date to start. Many (most) hold kids over until the year their child (more so boys) turns 6 if born Jan-April. Some Jan and Feb kids will go, and girls for March, not many April born kids go the year they turn 5, I know of one child only in my 14yo's graded and 12yo's grade that went turning 5, and they were a girl. If I had to pay huge childcare costs I may have sent him early, sometimes circumstances are such people have their hands tied due to divorce, loss of income etc.

#58 MayaTheGrinch

Posted 05 February 2014 - 06:24 PM

Hmm I have heard of sending early to avoid childcare costs. When it costs you almost 20K a year in childcare, believe me, it can be a factor to sending them to school unless they are obviously not going to cope. And yes the 20K is accurate. It was going to cost me over 40K to return to full time work with 2 children in daycare. And that is after the 50% rebate. Also some parents think that the cut off it silly and because their children are just a few days after why should they have to wait a whole nother year. This is a conversation I have had before many times, because my youngest is born 20 days after the WA cut off. Also different states have different cut off dates.

Also only public schools have to accept children in their catchment, but they can "encourage" you to delay your child starting by stating developmental reasons, not socially aware enough etc etc. I know of a few cases of this. It also depends on which state you live in. NSW and VIC (that I know of, other states may be the same) it is a lot easier for parents to delay entry to FYOS. As said previously, here in WA even when you want to, delaying entry is make a long and arduous task and requires specialists signing off on it. Also the FYOS (pre-primary) is compulsory now. It used to be that if you started a child at 5 turning 6 they would just put them into year 1, skipping pre-primary.

#59 *Lena*

Posted 05 February 2014 - 06:47 PM

DS is going happily to school and seems happy but I am worrying. Of a morning we can't find his pre school friends they all look the same. Anyway he said I could go thismorning which is a BIG thing for him but I left him standing outside his classroom by himself. Yes the bell would have gone in the next 3 minutes or so but I felt so horrible.

Then today I asked who he played with at lunch. He said his buddy (year 6 person) didn't come today and he couldn't find them(his friends) again so stayed near the classroom by himself. He is not a confident person and this is worrying me. I was told at pre school he was very popular and I could see that when walking down the street etc as everyone yelled out hello and came up to him.

#60 cristina86

Posted 05 February 2014 - 07:05 PM


Edited by cristina86, 07 February 2015 - 03:46 PM.

#61 cristina86

Posted 05 February 2014 - 07:21 PM


Edited by cristina86, 07 February 2015 - 03:46 PM.

#62 MayaTheGrinch

Posted 05 February 2014 - 07:37 PM

Lena could ou mention it to the teacher or the teachers aide? Sometimes they help steer them towards some kids to play with or encourage new friendships. Does the classroom open early? Ours opens at 7.45 and then they ask parents to leave by 8, so there is a settling in period.

After me stressing so much about t starting he doesn't care when I leave lol. Though honestly the most stressful stuff hasn't really started yet. I really don't know how he is going to go academically as that is here he really struggles.

#63 newphase

Posted 05 February 2014 - 08:34 PM


Ours opens at 7.45 and then they ask parents to leave by 8, so there is a settling in period.

What time does school start? That is early. My DS doesn't have to be at school until 8.45, bell time 8.55. Even at my older two's old primary where classes started at 8.30, no child could enter the room before bell time, at 8.25am.

#64 MayaTheGrinch

Posted 05 February 2014 - 08:48 PM

Newphase I live in Broome wa. Most schools above the 26th parallel open at 8 and finish at 2/2.30. Something to do with the heat of the day etc etc etc. you get used to it. My work and most businesses open at 7.30/8am as standard practice here. My work (I work for a uni) runs between 8-4

#65 Avidreader

Posted 05 February 2014 - 08:58 PM

Yes my kids' school is Catholic so they get to choose who they accept.

In saying "early" I wasn't referring to kids being officially entered before the PS cut off date, I was referring to parents who send their kids 4 turning 5 rather than 5 turning 6. NSW has a late cut off so you can get very young kids starting school without being officially early entered.

My kids' school has openly said that they think the cut off is too late and they won't take 4 year olds unless they turn 5 in February or March. As they always have far more kids wanting the spots than spots available they have the luxury of making this decision with the knowledge that most parents will simply send their kids the next year if they are rejected the first year.

Anyway- didn't mean to side track the discussion!

DS had his first sport day today and was quite excited to wear his sports' uniform. He still can't name a single boy he played with but assures me he has been making friends.

#66 cristina86

Posted 05 February 2014 - 09:38 PM


Edited by cristina86, 07 February 2015 - 03:46 PM.

#67 newphase

Posted 06 February 2014 - 08:01 PM

Mayahlb for this Non morning person that would be hard lol

#68 MayaTheGrinch

Posted 06 February 2014 - 11:02 PM

Newphase I have a 3.75yr old that regularly climbs into bed and keeps me awake from 4am. He has trained me to need very very little sleep and still function normally, as he is shocking sleeper and had been since 2 weeks of age ;). To make it worse I actually live 25kms out of town so if I haven't left the house by 7 I know I am going to run late.

Was informed today that a parent/teacher evening is happening sometime during week 3 and this is when we find out the plan for the year. T's teacher told me she will organise a meeting after this and we will talk about how to tackle t's issues to get him working to his potential. Oh and my lovely, wonderful speechie, dropped off a big activity and information package about what's t's current speech goals and focuses as well as information about communicating with him so that will help both the teacher and t. Mostly I hope she sees the bit about a visual schedule, and how something as simple as a list of pictures really helps him with activities and learning. It helps him focus so much better when he has a schedule outlined for him. So i am fairly happy with it all at the moment. There have been so very cute moments this week to. Apparently t is very popular with the girls lol. A girl in his class was so excited to see him this morning she gave him a huge hug. And he played with "his girls" yesterday. Hmm the days before kids decided the opposite sex is gross.

#69 cristina86

Posted 07 February 2014 - 06:46 PM


Edited by cristina86, 07 February 2015 - 03:45 PM.

#70 cristina86

Posted 07 February 2014 - 07:07 PM


Edited by cristina86, 07 February 2015 - 03:45 PM.

#71 newphase

Posted 09 February 2014 - 07:52 PM

DS has his testing thing Wed (the Preps day off) at 11.30, will see how that goes, he isn't particularly excited re school, I hope I don't have to be present, he wont do it if I am in the room.

Then on the 24th there is a talk to the teacher thing, not a parent-teacher interview as such, but a talk to the teacher re your child, tell them where they are at I guess, life wise. Interesting.

#72 Ianthe

Posted 09 February 2014 - 08:04 PM

Oscar had a great first week. A few tears Wednesday and he is obviously tired but coping much better than I would have expected. His teacher said he is settled and he is coming home happy and full of information. So thrilled. He can be really clingy so I was worried that the transition would be rougher than it has been.

#73 newphase

Posted 10 February 2014 - 12:05 PM

Glad it seems to be going well for everyone's young ones.

DS cried again this morning, new territory for me. Almost 2 weeks in and still unhappy going, but comes home happy so I guess that is a plus.

#74 Grinchette

Posted 10 February 2014 - 12:12 PM

Sorry to hear that Newphase.  Do you know what's upsetting him so much?  It would be hard to let him go while he's crying.

#75 BeAwesome

Posted 10 February 2014 - 12:16 PM

DD is doing great, she's run into class every morning, and seems to be having a great time.  Tuesdays are a bit full on - they do French, Music, Library and PE, and then we go straight from school to 1.5 hours Gymnastics squad training.  

Despite not knowing anyone in the school, she's made some friends already, and always has kids run up to her and say hi.  We went to the school disco on Friday night, and she had a ball.  It was really great to see the big grade 6 kids sharing the dance floor with the preppies.

She's not being quite as consistent in eating her lunch as she was at kindy - they have a mandatory 10 minutes in the classroom eating period (right up until year 6), so I'm working on reminding her to eat quickly.

I've done tuckshop duty one day already, and we've got parent info night tomorrow night.

I'm not getting a great lot of info on what's happening in class - she talks about the iPad heaps, but not mentioned any readers.

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