If you remember my post last month, click here. I was having dilemma whether I will enrol my son in Kinder or Grade 1. This DepEd K12 program made some parents confused and some even panicked because of the age issues.
I was one of them because I also decided to skip the last stage of my son’s preschool years. My son will be 6 years old by October so he is qualified to enter Grade 1. He passed the exam in one school “slightly above average” while in the other school “slightly below average”.
My husband and I have been contemplating, brainstorming and sometimes arguing whether to skip the preschool or not. After few days, we decided that we will not skip Preschool so my husband called the school to reschedule the retake exam and informed the guidance that my son will not take the Grade 1 retake but Kinder exam. The guidance has been convincing my husband to allow my son to retake the Grade 1 exam but we are firm with our decision.
Last March 7, we went back to school for my son retake. Again, they’re convincing us to take the Grade 1 exam because of my son’s age but like I said, we will not skip last preschool level.
I was nervous at that time and praying that my son can answer the test. After 10 minutes, we were shocked because he finished the exam already. We waited for the result. I’m happy and proud of my son because he only got two mistakes, one in Math and one in English the score is 95% above average. Guidance Counselor was praising my son, ok daw ang math skills and reading comprehension niya and because of that we can definitely enrol my son.
But I have to go back pa because at that moment, the principal is not around so no one will sign the test result. I went back last March 10 to get the test result and enrolled my son. Yehey, it’s official my son will be going to big school this school year.
I realized that I don’t need to rush, I don’t need to follow the society and I will not be pressured even my son’s classmate will enrol in Grade 1 because I know my son better.
He is not yet emotionally ready for Grade 1. Seven hours in school for five days will be a torture. He is not mature and independent enough to take his break and lunch in canteen. He can’t defend himself against bully kids.
No rushing because I know that my son won’t be forever a kid. We will take one step at a time. I want him to enjoy the last preschool stage without pressure. I want him to adjust first in his new environment. Montessori is different from traditional school so for sure there will be a lot of adjustment.