March 18, 2014

It is Official, My Son will go to Big School

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. 

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11 comments:

  1. Congratulations on your son's passing big school! You know, if he nearly perfected the kinder exam, it might mean that he really is prepared for Grade 1... but I won't question your decision. You know your little boy best. And he did a super job in his exam! Clap clap clap!
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  2. Nice :) My son will be enrolled na din this June. Kinder 1 naman. He will turn 4 this June. Pareho tayo ng dilemma sis. My son is almost prepared na for school kasi alam na nya magsulat and he can read few words. But like you, I know he's not that emotionally prepared. Being the one child now, he's still childish and selfish at times. So I really hope he can adjust well with his classmates and even teachers. Naku sana lang walang bully, di bale our house is just a few steps away from the school so pwede sya hingi agad ng help, haha. Good luck to our sons!

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    1. Yes sis, mahirap pag hindi emotionally prepared. Mamaya umiyak dahil sa dami ng sinusulat or homework. Good luck!

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  3. Good luck Ethan. Love you:)

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  4. mas ok na yan kesa mhrapan si ethan in the future

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  5. 7 hours in school a day for a Grade 1 student?! Oh my! Dati half a day lang ang pasok di ba? Baket ganun?

    You're right. You know you're son better than any school. Whatever the age, children develop at different paces e. Baka mamaya Ethan might just be traumatized if he was pushed too much for something he isn't read yet. =)

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    1. True. Imbis na mag-enjoy sa school baka dumating yung time na magsawa na.

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  6. I think it's a good decision Michi, better not to push Ethan so hard.. Let him enjoy school, baka manibago nga sa 7hours na pasok, tamarin mag-aral. And i agree dun sa mga bully sa school, looks like super baby pa si ethan, naku kung ako nanay.. Mang-aaway ako pag binuly anak ko.

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    1. True. Baby pa talaga siya compared sa ibang bata siguro dahil isa lang din anak. Hahaha. Nagiging Hulk talaga mommy pag naaapi mga anak. :)

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  7. The entrance exam po in csa grade 1 is not written but using the computer? My son will be taking his exam next week. Thank you

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    1. Two years ago, yes it was not written exam, kids will take exam using computer. I'm not sure this school year, you can call the Testing Center to verify.

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