By Tracy M
My oldest son started Kindergarten two weeks ago. Admittedly, I am something of a Kindergarten know-nothing- but, there are some things I have found quite surprising and am not sure what, if anything, needs to be addressed.
Kindergarten is WAY more academic than I remember; there is no art, painting, hammering, singing, rhythm games, or anything else that might stimulate the right side of the ol’ noodle. The entire emphasis of the class appears to be academic- the kids are already bringing homework in their little backpacks each night, they skip recesses in favor of more study time, and there isn’t much bright or colorful going on in the classroom. I’m a little dismayed.
But here is the cherry on top: My five year old came home today, and told us he was walked to the principal’s office today for “having a bad attitude”. Huh? What? I was stunned, and my husband and I questioned him at length- but he consistently maintained that he “Had a bad attitude and Mrs. So-and-So marched him down to the principal to have a talk”. And the principal talked to him about his “bad attitude”. Am I off my rocker to think this is wacky?
This is only day seven of school for my son. He isn’t a bad kid, and his preschool teachers and primary teachers always have good things to say about his kindness and brightness. He is, I will admit, stubborn and busy- but this is also the very beginning of his school experience, and I am baffled and more than a little concerned about what a rocky start might do to how he feels about school in general.
It also strikes me as strange that the teacher did not send home a note or something to fill me in on the day- if he was so ill-behaved to warrant a visit to the principal, shouldn’t the parents get a note?? I placed a call to his teacher, and really hope there is a good explanation when she calls me back tomorrow.
So, more experienced moms, help a newbie at this whole “school” thing out. Obviously, the world has changed dramatically since I painted and danced my way through kindergarten- Have I just gotten my wake-up call, or am I right to be concerned?
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