I've concluded that the teacher was the problem. I've spoken with the director of the preschool program and she basically "handles" me. Things did improve once I spoke with her so I will give them credit for that.
But back in January when I had to make that decision I was not sure if it was the school or teacher. And it seems every time I pick him up or drop him off there is some little thing that rubs me the wrong way. It is probably a great school but I think the new one is a better match. I always go with my gut so I'm sticking with my decision to move him. I think everything happens for a reason and if I'd not had this bad experience I would not have even looked at the new school which is really top rated. I thought it would be too hard to get in. (Where I live there are many charter schools and open enrollment public schools)
But what got me was that my son was coming home saying "I can't" and "school doesn't work for him" even if it is the teacher he still has that in his head about the school. So I'm talking up the new school.
Aghhh. It's so hard to know what is right and really either decision probably is. Thanks for the advice everyone.
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Not to be too nosy but was the classroom/teacher that was the problem or the school itself. If it was just the classroom/teacher next year may be better.
I have been through the bad teacher this year with my oldest. To make it worse this is his kindergarten teacher and the transition for mommy has not been good. Communication is a major problem and I do not know where the problem is totally. Next year hopefully I will know if my problems are teacher related, school related, and/or child related. As my mom says "he's a little boy and they never seem to be able to tell you anything".
My son is going to be graduating pre-k next month. I am very nervous because he is also going to a new school as well. He has autism and was in his classroom for autistic children since he was 3 years old. The good thing is he is so excited to go to a new school!! I have already show him the new school and explain to him he going to meet new friends. I am scared for his transition to a regular classroom may be hard for him but his teacher tells me he is ready. His teacher gave me tips to help..tell him he going to big boy school, show him the school, introduce him to the teacher prior to starting school, take of tour of the school, and don't show that you are nervous. For me, I am nervous because my son has a hard time meeting new children so I been taken him to a lot of new places to meet new children. Like I said..he is so excited and understands his friends are not going to be in the same class as him in kindergarten. I know how you feel..he is my first and I was emotional when he went to pre-k and again when he turned 5..my baby boy is getting big to fast for me.Good Luck!!
"Fear is what stops you... courage's is what keeps you going."
Mine just graduated Pre-k last night. She is my youngest so I will probably ball when she goes to kindergarten. It was a rough year for us because the teachers had so many issues this year (out of there control, but still....). There was a lot of adjusting and readjusting to the point I almost pulled her out. However, we stuck it out and she has really done well! Good luck at your new school next year!
"Do not destroy the work of God for the sake of food."
I'm going thru the same thing! I was going to put a few cards by the sign in sheet for his class saying Keep in touch with Max, and with my email address for some attempt to try and say in touch with those kids.
He will be going to a new school next year and I don't like it as much as the one he is going to now :( but we don't have a choice. We did get a t-shirt with all the kids's hand prints on it and their name. the teacher made them a few weeks ago with all the kids.
Plus there is always facebook right :) when our kids are 14-16 begging for a login they can search for all those Pre-K friends :) good luck you sound like a great sweet super mom!
Hi, I just needed to get it out. My son is graduating from Pre-K Friday. I have not liked his pre-k school so we are switching schools next year. I tried to make it fun for him by volunteering and I've gotten to know some of the kids in the school. Now I'm questioning my decision to move him but I think it will be best in the long run. I'm overly emotional about everything. I think "he'll never see those kids again" how sad. But really, I'm ok, I never saw numerous kids again.
Please share if you are going through anything like this or have any advice on handling change. He is clueless, as far as he cares, he doesn't have to go back to that class ever again and he's happy about that. So I'm trying not to let my emotions show. I'm trying to talk about how proud I am that he made it through the year and how exciting it will be to go to his new school.
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