Monday, September 10, 2012

Size appropriate kindergarten?

I will be the first to admit that my kids are big kids.  They are big, strong, healthy kids.  They will both be tall adults, as they are tall for their age.  Mischief is not the biggest in her class, but one of, as the other kids in her class are almost six or already six.  On our way to school today, Mischief says, "Do you know what is going to happen on another day I don't have school?  My teacher is finally going to put the table up high enough, so I can put my legs underneath the cubby in my desk!"

Evidently, even though she is not the biggest in the class, she cannot sit with her legs under the table, unless the tucks them under her chair for the whole time, or straddles the desk part under their table.  Really?  She is not an amazon, this should not be that difficult!

Sunday, September 9, 2012

Preschool sheltering our kids?

We do everything we can do to protect our children.  We shelter them from outside influences that will lead them astray.  We try to educate our children, so they will have the life that we wished we had or are striving towards.  Then, we put our children in preschool and get excited when they do well, get along with others, play nicely, follow directions, and all the other stuff that is required of children in grade school.

I have come to the realization that preschool shelters our kids a little too much.  Mayhem has started preschool this year, and he goes two days a week for two and a half hours each day.  Next year, he will only go three days a week for half day.  Then, they have the option of going to kindergarten on time, or they can be held back and go to a kindergarten prep class that is five days a week for half days.  Now, I understand there are other preschool programs out there, and I love the program and the teachers at our preschool.  However, we checked into the other programs when we sent Mischief to preschool a few years ago.  Many of the other programs are almost or more than twice the price of our preschool, for not a whole lot more time.  

My problem with preschool is that it does not fully prepare our kids for kindergarten.  That is why we send them to preschool, is it not?  Mischief went from three days a week, going half days to five days a week going for seven and a half hours.  She was more than adequately academically prepared, but that is kind of a ridiculous, shocking change.  There are not very many preschools, who are preschool only that offer full day programs, unless you hold the kids back a year.  There are preschool programs who are mixed with daycare programs who will take your kids all day, but the price is astronomical and not necessary when I am a stay at home mom! 

Mayhem's first day of school!
Anyway, moral to my rant, make sure the preschools you choose will flow nicely into the type of kindergarten your kids have to go into.  We are sending Mayhem back to the same preschool because of the program and the price, but we are going to change some things at home, so he will not be so shocked a couple of years from now, when he goes to kindergarten!

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Kindergarten, cont...

As you know, we have been struggling with issues surrounding kindergarten, and they do nothing but continue.  Our big problem right now, is the school still cannot figure out how to spell Mischief's name.  Before school started, I knew they were spelling it wrong, and the secretary of the school told me she did not have time to change it right then, so she asked me to come back a couple weeks after school started to have her change the spelling.  In the meantime, her teacher and the computer lab teacher were all told to spell it incorrectly.  During writing exercises, Mischief tries to spell it correctly, and the teacher was making her trace it incorrectly.  Obviously, I took care of that problem, and the school finally has it changed, but they will not tell the computer teacher to change the spelling of her name!

The computer program having Mischief's name misspelled has been causing huge problems.  The students' legal name is the password to log on to the computer.  So, it took some time before I was the one who figured out they had it spelled wrong, and she was spelling it correctly, so it would not let her onto the website.  Now, they are making her spell her name incorrectly in order to be able to log onto the computer system to do the computer work.  If she does not do the work, she does not get credit for being in computer class that day.  The computer teacher will not change the spelling of the name, until the school tells her to change the spelling!

I am completely appalled that the school is forcing Mischief to spell her name incorrectly, when they are at an age where they need to be learning how to do things the right way!

On a good note, Mayhem has entered the world of preschool, and is sooo excited, he prances every where when he talks about preschool!  His explanation of the day was, "Yay!  I went potty without my teacher!"  His poor teacher....