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Old 01-04-2010, 01:39 PM
 
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Any tips out there from other moms that have done the private school observations in Atlanta? What do they ask of your child?

 
Old 01-04-2010, 01:45 PM
 
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Do you mean for the early grades or interviews for upper grades?
 
Old 01-04-2010, 02:05 PM
 
Location: Dunwoody,GA
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If you mean early grades, there's really not a lot to do. Make sure your child a) isn't sick the day of the observation (you can't make it up later), b) gets a good night's rest, and c) eats a good breakfast. Whatever you can do to ensure that he/she is in a good frame of mind that AM. If it's for K, they might ask him/her to do a little writing (numbers, letters) and identifying shapes, etc... They're mainly interested in how the child interacts with other children (social skills), and attentiveness, etc... during Circle Time. They don't generally tell the parents what they're doing back there, but that's the impression I got from my own kids and from talking with other parents.
 
Old 01-04-2010, 05:29 PM
 
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For Kindergarten....
 
Old 01-04-2010, 05:35 PM
 
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For K, CMMom has it pretty much nailed. I wouldn't sweat it.
 
Old 01-04-2010, 05:40 PM
 
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Not sure where you're located in Atlanta, but if you haven't checked out the Waldorf school, do your child a favor and visit them. They are located in Decatur. Both my grandson go there (9th grade and PK) and what a difference the school has made in their lives. My 15 year old has always been in a Waldorf school. Do a search and if you'd like more info let me know how to contact you and I'll have my daughter contact you. When it comes to a GREAT eduction, Waldorf is the greatest!
 
Old 01-05-2010, 11:08 AM
 
Location: North Fulton, GA
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I want through the process of private K observations for my three daughters. Everyone has great advice (good night's sleep, healthy breakfast), but I think the most important thing is not to get yourself stressed out because you child will pick up on that. Also, tell him/her that the main thing is that he/she should do is have fun playing with new "friends." A stiff, rehearsed child is going to appear anxious and unnatural.

Save up your anxiety for college applications- when it matters a whole lot more.
 
Old 01-05-2010, 11:56 AM
 
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Another simple tip is to let them dress comfortably. So many moms get their kids all dolled up and then they are unhappy in scratchy, new clothes. It really should just be pitched as a play date at a fun school. A reminder about good manners doesn't hurt, but don't go overboard!
 
Old 02-01-2010, 07:58 AM
 
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My son has completed 3 observations with 1 left to go. He doesn't mind it, but he hates my husband and I questioning him afterwards. We have now learned he is not even giving us the correct information. When asked which one of us would he like to accompany him next week, he said both so he didn't have to answer our questions.
 
Old 02-01-2010, 10:00 PM
 
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Varies from school to school. When we were applying, we did Pace, Paideia, Westminster, and Woodward. Pace is very thorough. They let K parents sit in on part of it. Kids went through stations. They did check to see if the kids could read, and a few could. Alphabet, counting, ordering pictures after hearing a story. Having the parents there helped the students feel comfy, but freaked some parents out when they saw what some other kids could do already.

Some schools seemed to mostly evaluate socialization, ability to focus, engagement with the teacher. I guess other skills were evaluated during a group activity. Paideia was like that.

OH! One tip: Several of the schools asked the kids their full names, addresses and maybe their phone numbers (not sure about the phone number, positive about the address). Pace definitely asked. There was a sheet about what they were expected to know, which most parents didn't see until they arrived. A lot of angst over that.

Still, other than that, there's really no training you should do other than letting the child know that they are going to play with nice people and kids and you'll be right outside.
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