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So this is just a rant. As with most rants, things are left out. I just don't feel like typing out that much. I have a pile of laundry behind me that I have been ignoring for a few days. I hate folding. Anyways.....
So I have been having issues with my son's teacher. He is in kinder. School started the last week of August. They use a color system for a discipline. All kids start everyday at blue. Blue is a good day, Purple outstanding. Then Green is a "warning", then yellow, orange, and red is principle. It worked wonderfully last year in pre-k. I LOVED his pre-k teacher. His teacher this year is driving me crazy! She marks the kids down for everything. And I mean everything. Apparently she is always sending kids to the principle. She marks the kids down for accidents. My son accidently stepped on a friends toes (teacher said accident and so did my son), he gets bumped down a color. A kid behind him in line hit him and he cried, he gets bumped down a color! My son says nothing happened to the kid behind him but I can't verify that. I email her at least once a week asking for her to explain something. The kids bug each other in line (they are kids) and they get in trouble. Fine. They are supposed to tell her when someone is bugging them (touching, hitting, kicking) but when they do she tells them to stopped tattling. AH! And then he would get bumped down for playing, okay I totally get that playing and not doing work is not acceptable. But she even said that he was playing after his work was finished, She expects them to sit quietly with nothing to do. No other activities, no coloring, no worksheets.
So on to what irked me today. She had sent home a progress report the other week saying he is not motivated, doesn't respect people, only counts to 13, doesn't write on his level,etc. So since it was a carbon copy, before signing it, I added my own note. I told her here at home he counts up to 60 with minimal help, 30 with no help, he writes all his letters and recognizes them, and has started reading. I prepare him to go to school. I do my best to prepare him and get him syked to do school work at school. He loves it here at home. Hell we do a weeks worth of homework in one night. (Homework is a loose term. one assignment was count to 10 out loud and another was touch your toes.) Isn't the motivation/preparation while in school something she is supposed to be doing too?
Today she sent home 3 work sheets with a note "This is the work I am seeing. Is it normal?". The sheets are sheets we have been working on since he was 3. A few pictures and the color. Trace the letters in the color word and then color the pictures. All 3 pages are done. Letters are traced near perfect. Pictures are colored in. Not in the lines but still colored. On the brown page he had colored 2 things with orange. Sometimes he picks up orange for brown. Now clue why, he has been tested for color blindness. But I am aware of that issue. Past that the only thing that is "wrong" is he colored outside of the lines. Is that normal for a 5 year old? I thought it was. But if not I am willing to work on that here at home too. But she has NEVER said anything about coloring outside of the lines before.
I am confused and frustrated. I don't want to pull him out of school, I need to be able to work, but this teacher is ticking me off.