We register J for kindergarten tonight. ETA: Also, I don't know if maybe we will need a new thread for school-age kids at some point, but I was wondering if anyone wants to talk education? The school J is supposed to go to is the first of its kind in our state, and a nonprofit I work with actually partnered with our district to pilot it. Its formation was very contentious -- lots of people opt out (so much so that you don't even need to open enroll to opt out, you can just say no and automatically get into the neighboring traditional school) but lots of people from other zones opt in, too. It's community-based learning, where the entire school is broken into three sections (communities) of K-5th graders, and you stay with the same community all six years. There are no walls or classrooms, just three big railroad-style spaces with like tables and bean bag chairs and stuff. All the grade levels do the same subject at the same time, and the kids participate at whatever ability level they're at. Apparently this is the way of the future and is supposed to give each kid a super individualized plan. Of course the concern is that it'll work great for advanced kids. We all like to imagine our little first-graders doing fourth-grade math. I do worry about kids who are behind being allowed to "learn down" and not be pushed to catch up. The people I work with assure me that the program, principal, teachers, etc., are magicians who have a handle on each student's individual abilities and needs and nothing gets missed. Sooooo. I don't know. It seems very New Age and I'm like yeah but will my kids know their times tables by the time they go to middle school? I'm assured by the pros they will. I think the fact that both my children are in a Montessori school now bodes well for this transition. I just find it so strange that my son will have an "anchor" teacher but not a kindergarten classroom. I dunno. I guess we'll see tonight.