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My son hates kindergarten!!

Posted by on Dec. 16, 2009 at 1:33 PM
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 He hates school...How is this possible???? He is pressured daily and they have no activities (except 30 mins art/pe each week). School sure isn't what it used to be....

Anyone else have these types of issues?? NO plays, no activities, no music ...no FUN!

by on Dec. 16, 2009 at 1:33 PM
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hholllyy426
by on Dec. 16, 2009 at 2:01 PM

I am sorry that is happening at your son's school, it is very disappointing. My son's school focuses on math, reading and writing most of the day although they do rotate with library, gym, computers and music and only spend about an hour on science and social studies and I think that is just as important as math, reading, and writing. 

  
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by on Dec. 16, 2009 at 2:05 PM

My son is having a hard time this year also. He loved preschool so I'm having a hard time figuring out why this year is so different. Our school does have art/pe/music, field trips and a few programs a year though. So, I feel for you there with nothing to look forward to. Have you talked to his teacher?

I always tell my son at the start of the day that he has to go to school....it's his job. I try to keep an upbeat attitude while we're getting ready and always tell him to have a great day before I drop him off. Leaving on a good note seems to help!

I hope things get better for you!

2girlsMom.MN
by on Dec. 16, 2009 at 2:07 PM

My daughters school was like that they focused on main subjects and went crazy with science. I mean CRAZY with science, they hired a specialist and everything. The principal told me something 90% of the jobs in the future will be science related. Ok well not everyone is a scientist.For many other reasons I took my daughter out of that school and put her in a private Catholic school that just so happens to have computer,art,PE, music, spanish etc... My daughter is 10x happier. My daughter likes science but she's a creative artist type who needs to beable to express herself and enjoy school.  I also looked at charter and magnet schools. I would never put my daughter back at our public school it was so boring and she was constantly stressed out. Your son's probaly bored find him a new school.

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ctfagan
by on Dec. 16, 2009 at 4:37 PM

Thanks ladies... I have spoken to a few today that go to different schools and see that many schools are different. I have a meeting with his teacher tomorrow and I really don't blame her. She is secretly have a party (how crazy is that?) Because parties are not permitted.

 I know she is trying to make it fun, but the pressure is on her to teach so much! He is 5 and can read simple books, gets 100's on everything can write full sentences(using sight words) and they still complain it isnt enough.... He isnt using proper punctuation, he is messing up on his capital/lowercase...Well they havent even finished covering all those things....UUUGGGGHHHH!

Ill post after my appointment...maybe we do need a new school!

TexasSweetThang
by on Dec. 16, 2009 at 4:40 PM

I have to admit they expect a lot more out of my children in Kindergarten than they did out of me when I was in Kindergarten... We used to just draw or do playtime or story time all day... Now they expect them to read, do math and spell... But they still find a way to work in music, gym, art, library, recess, etc... I think it honestly depends on the teacher because my middle child started Kindergarten this year and the first teacher she had was awful. She was not fun and my daughter was constantly in trouble because she was bored and would act out but they switched her teacher due to over-full classes and this teacher does activity centers throughout the day and my daughter is much more focused.


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eilenej1
by on Dec. 16, 2009 at 4:52 PM

My son would be failing if they expected all of that.  He's still learning his letters, let alone reading and writing AND punctuation.  At the rate he is going right now, we're worried he may not pass, but he def would not pass those requirements.

Quoting ctfagan:

Thanks ladies... I have spoken to a few today that go to different schools and see that many schools are different. I have a meeting with his teacher tomorrow and I really don't blame her. She is secretly have a party (how crazy is that?) Because parties are not permitted.

 I know she is trying to make it fun, but the pressure is on her to teach so much! He is 5 and can read simple books, gets 100's on everything can write full sentences(using sight words) and they still complain it isnt enough.... He isnt using proper punctuation, he is messing up on his capital/lowercase...Well they havent even finished covering all those things....UUUGGGGHHHH!

Ill post after my appointment...maybe we do need a new school!


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balagan_imma
by Silver Member on Dec. 16, 2009 at 5:05 PM


Quoting ctfagan:
He isnt using proper punctuation, he is messing up on his capital/lowercase...Well they havent even finished covering all those things....UUUGGGGHHHH!

How insane! I know that our kindergarten expects a lot of the kids (my youngest will start next year) But this is crazy. My older kids don't always know their punctionation and they are in 5th and 6th.

I would definitely look at other schools in your area. We tend to think that a school is a school and that really is not the case. My oldest would have gotten lost in a public school with large grade sizes. When he was turning 5 we narrowed it down to 2 schools, which were vastly different, one private, one public. He didn't get into the public school, which made our decision easier. But that school is fairly well rounded - all the "specials" library, art, music, computers and gym - plus all of the subjects. Sometimes the teachers will specifically overlap 2 areas so they can learn 2 subjects at once - like social studies with English/study of literary styles. Plus they have religion and Hebrew. It's a long day, but the only grade either older kid felt real pressure was 3rd. For some reason it is really a tough grade.

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