As some of you already know this year is my daughter's first year of school, Kindergarten. She did not attend Pre-K here because the town I live in really had no good programs. They were either in Churches or for people who are on low incomes. When I lived in Tennessee my son went to a wonderful Pre-K program, it was a part of the Elementary School. And, there was Pre-K programs in every Elementary School in that town. It wasn't like that here so I just kept her home that extra year.
Anyway, she started Kindergarten on the 10th of this month. I went in and met her teacher, young, seemed nice, but one of those people who give you a long lasting blank look as you are talking and even after your done talking. Honestly, it annoyed me. I told her this was Rachel's first time at school but she is really smart and I think she is really going to do well and enjoy it.
Everyday since then Rachel came home with smiley faces for the day except for yesterday. And at the bottom of the page the teacher writes
I sat there and thought...isn't it your job to teach her what to do, where to go, and how to do assignments. I immediately went to thinking about how it is only her 12th day going to school in her life so maybe she needs a little extra direction. Or is it just simply her not listening.Not listening- this is a problem. Rachel doesn't know what to do/ where to go/ or how to do assignments I assign.
I honestly was pissed at what the teacher wrote, my son has got a couple notes sent home about not listening, or talking to much. They never made me mad. But, they never claimed he didn't know what he was doing either.
I sent a note back to school with Rachel. I wrote to the teacher that if she doesn't know what she is doing maybe she needs extra help because she is new at the school thing ( and I mean this is 5 year old's we're talking about ) and I told her if she wanted to send practice work home for us to do together that would be good.
Oh, and one day the teacher wrote: Rachel doesn't know her sounds, practice the sounds letters make with her. Ok, no problem. I taught her her ABC's, counting, colors, etc, but I have not been to college for a teaching degree. I thought the teacher should be teaching sounds. Not that I can't but am I suppose to do it all? If so, why not just keep Rachel out of Kindergarten! Damn Public Schools!
Any advise? Comments?