A little bit of advice for the teachers. If you are in a public place where others (parents) might be listening please try to not complain about your job.
Asked by Anonymous at 7:35 AM on Jun. 20, 2011 in School-Age Kids (5-8)
Answer by justanotherjen at 8:34 PM on Jun. 20, 2011
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Answer by YerMami24 at 7:36 AM on Jun. 20, 2011
I know here in MA the kindergarten curriculum is now what the 1st grade curriculum used to be years ago... only they have to squeeze it into 2.5 hours vs 6. So lack of pre-school slows the WHOLE class down because those kids need individual attention. There is a lot of pressure on these teachers to make 20 + kids ready for 1st grade in this short span of time, alone. So, if they have one or two that is not functioning at the same level as the rest of the class things are not going to go well. It can be very frustrating for both the child and the teacher. Haven't you ever been frustrated when you are expected to do the impossible with little help??
Answer by Crafty26 at 8:45 AM on Jun. 20, 2011
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Answer by mjande4 at 9:15 AM on Jun. 20, 2011
I work in early childhood providing child development workshops for parents and teachers. IMO, teachers get frustrated for a few reasons.
Sometimes they just aren't very good teachers and don't know how to design activities that meet children at what ever developmental level they are. Sometimes they don't have enough support (help or supplies) to teach children at a wide variety of levels. Sometimes it's because they don't get paid very well and when you bust your ass everyday and can still barely make ends meet every little annoyance is magnified.
Answer by UpSheRises at 9:36 AM on Jun. 20, 2011
As a preschool teacher I can tell you that most of the kids who started the year with me did not know their ABCs, could not count, could not write their name, or tie their shoes, stand in line, hold a pencil, use a pair of scissors, etc. Preschool prepares kids with the basics needed to have a great start in kindergarten. There is no reason why you can't teach your child at home the same skills, but most parents don't. The teacher is smart enough to realize that for every kids who did not attend preschool she is likely going to have to teach skills that should have already been learned, which will set back the entire class. And, when her class isn't as advanced as they should be, it will be her butt on the line for it, not the parents who didn't prepare their kids in one way or another to attend school.
Answer by scout_mom at 9:52 AM on Jun. 20, 2011