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Preschool for Rayna

April 21st, 2009 · 2 Comments

Just a few days ago, on Saturday, we got Rayna signed up for preschool.  We’ve decided to send her to St. John’s Creation Kids.  St. John’s is our church but I will admit that this is a big step for me.  Only a few years ago, I had a pretty dim opinion of any kind of parochial education.  My views on religion in general and Christianity in particular had already begun to change when I met Nicole, however.  And having a family really does force you to reassess your core beliefs.  So I’m comfortable with the decision.  The classes (two per week) will be a little smaller and Nicole knows most of the teachers, having had them in public school as a kid.

As you may recall from a previous post, Rayna had to get tested for preschool.  I was under the impression that these tests were only a means of gauging each child’s starting point and couldn’t be used to keep her out of preschool.  Wrong.  Turns out that it’s pass/fail.  And Rayna failed.

I could go on for a long time about the tests they did and why I feel they were not administered appropriately but my friends, family, and a few colleagues have already had to listen to me ranting and raving on the topic.  So I’ll just give a couple of examples:

The tester told Rayna to count to three.  Well, we’ve been working on numbers at home and Rayna is pretty proud of her counting ability.  So she got excited and counted to ten.  The tester failed her for failing to follow the instructions.

In another test, Rayna was shown a circle and told to draw it.  She drew three or four circles.  Failed–again for not following the instructions.

Most of the failed tests had to do with not following directions.  She also failed the vision test.  After a costly visit to the doctor for a second opinion, we learned that Rayna’s vision 20/20.  The doctor mentioned that four out of five kids he sees because of a failed preschool screening vision test turn out to be fine because the testers failed to administer the test properly.  Maybe I should send them the doctor’s bill.

St. John’s doesn’t have to adhere to the results of the testing so we’re not going to worry any further about the screening.  She will start in the Fall and she’s already getting excited.

There are pictures of the current St. John’s students and teachers here.

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2 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Cadence's mom // Jul 2, 2010 at 8:25 pm

    Hi. We are trying to find Rayna to invite her to Cadence’s Party next week. This is the closest we can seem to make it. Hoping you receive our comment and can get in touch.
    Thank you.
    Trista and Cadence

  • 2 Donovan // Jul 29, 2010 at 10:07 pm

    I’m sorry I missed your comment! I haven’t been checking the blog much this summer.

    I hope Cadence had a great party!

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