Spamminator - 2006-07-27 08:13:57
First. I feel so gay now.
WifeMotherMe - 2006-07-27 08:19:17
Info no one tells you: You do not HAVE to send him at all. If he is 100% ready have at it, but you have the option of keeping him in preschool another year. (no one told me and I wasnt ready)
Dangerspouse - 2006-07-27 08:58:35
I have a REALLY hot cousin. What are property taxes like there, UB? I think I'm Alabammy bound....
zoot - 2006-07-27 09:42:39
okay, by the first grade I knew there was no santa claus or easter bunny, and I still got goodies from them until middle school.... heck, my grandma still labels my christmas gifts "from Santa" and I'm 25 years old. A child who is easily traumatized by this LIE that all adults tell them is heading for problems in adulthood.... I'm juss sayin'...
greenwitch - 2006-07-27 09:58:37
They only have one second grade at your public school? Most schools in well populated areas have more than one class in each grade..... just a thought. Good luck!
rivetergirl - 2006-07-27 10:11:15
UB, we have been having the same problem with the school system here in western Colorado. The school around the corner from our house doesn't have after school programs and both my husband and I work full time. How in the name of all things uneducated can we send our kid to a school that doesn't have after school programs? And they wonder why our neighborhood school is not doing well. FFS.
lorrie - 2006-07-27 10:15:34
We just went through the Santa Claus thing with Madeleine. It was all over the school. 2nd grade is the year that the rumours start to fly. The Montessori program is great though. Both our kids have loved it.
dom - 2006-07-27 10:16:41
never having been told santa was real, i can play devil's advocate here.. if parents lied to their children and told them the world was flat or the sun revolved around the earth.. i would expect the teachers to correct them. parents shouldn't be lying to their children about holidays either, i think. so i don't really fault the teacher for outing the parents in their lies. the kid is going to realize you lie to them eventually. best it happen in a tactful and controlled setting anyway. (even better if you never lie to them in the first place)
Katie - 2006-07-27 13:00:43
My parents were careful never to mention that there was or was not a man in a red suit, especially after I became concerned that our chimney emptied out into the furnace. I gradually decided that Santa wasn't a person, but more a phenomenon. When I read the "Yes Virginia" letter years later, I discovered that the good reverand and I had a similar understanding. The way I look at it, the idea that insisting that the fellow comes down the chimney is a bit of fantasy, which isn't much worse than being convinced that train engines can talk to each other on television, but Santa Claus is more than a person, it's a spirit of Christmas; a feeling of giving and receiving and being good. Nothing that a kid shouldn't be able to handle by second grade. Especially when (I've read) you go to a great deal of trouble to make Christmas AWESOME for your kid. Same goes with the Easter Bunny, that one I had all figured out by second grade, because a giant rabbit that hands out eggs? But, the idea that a basket of candy appeared solely in return for my having behaved myself?! Who cared where it came from, that was pretty damn magical. As far as the teacher goes, a lot of people figure that's fair, especially in poorer communities where people DO tell their kids not to hope for anything because they won't get it, and here's why, which is unfortunate.
Erica - 2006-07-27 13:01:12
Montessori was the IDEAL choice for our daughter for Kindergarten. She is in regular public school now (about to start 2nd grade) and is doing wonderfully! Also, by second grade, if a teacher hasn't told about Santa, one of the other kids with an older sibling will. (They grow up so fast these days!)
Jamie - 2006-07-27 13:24:42
kindergarten? Jeebus, I remember when the kid was BORN. He's all grown up and shit now. *sniff*
Adobo Girl - 2006-07-27 15:50:09
it's been a while since i've checked dland and i curious to see who still blogs here. egad, you're still here! amazing... and it's so weird seeing andrew going to school now...damn time flies. but yeah...i gotta say...i know one way to make the public schools better quality: enforce a law saying that if a person holds public office they MUST use public facilities (like the school etc etc) i mean, set an example rigght? i bet that would increase the quality of public schooling dramatically, ha.
bleedenheart - 2006-07-27 22:09:16
lying to their children about holidays? it's fucking SANTA. every little kid should have the right to believe in something like that, for as long as they want. it's part of being a kid, i do not see it as "lying" They will find out one day, and they will not be damaged. it's the spirit of christmas. it's something fun for the kids. Anyone who takes away Santa, the tooth fairy, even the stupid easter bunny, well that's just unfair and wrong. IMO, of course.
Bing - 2006-07-28 05:49:37
Don't worry Uncle Bob, the kid's teachers will probably tell him that the world is 6000 years old, that Adam and Eve were real people, that Noah had a big boat, and they'll do it all in science class. Lie about one fairy tale (Santa), lie about the other, no biggie.

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