Yesterday my son's school sent home a paper to register for Fall 2011. It seems a bit early to be thinking about next year but I guess spots fill up fast.
Now, I have been on the fence about whether I like his school or not. The teachers are nice and he really likes it but they do silly assessments that I do not agree with. They also think my son may have sensory issues because he stands too close to the other kids which I know is total B.S. (why must evey little behavior have a label attached to it- God only knows what labels teachers would have put on me if I were a kid today). Oh yeah, he is also the only boy in his class (there are four classes). Something seems wrong about there being three girls and him- the girls clique off together and he is left out. In his class picture they had the three girls standing together holding up the class sign in front of a wooden train in the play yard and my son was standing by himself in the train- it kind of bothered me seeing that but maybe I am overreacting. Supposedly there are going to be more boys in his class after the holidays.
So, what do I do? I was leaning towards keeping him in his current school but after reading back what I just wrote I don't know. I feel like I may be wrong about my feelings because everyone else seems to love the school but at the same time as a mom my gut tells me I am right. Am I being too picky? The only thing I want is a nursery school where the kids can be kids and play and if they learn things while doing it- good for them. I don't care if my son knows how to correctly hold a pencil or write his name at the ripe old age of 3 1/2. My pickiness scares me because if this is how I am acting about nursery school then when he goes to public school I'm sure that I am going to have a lot more issues with how things are done. I would love to send my kids to private school but as of right now I don't see that happening. But in a couple of years when he is actually in Kindergarten who know if things will change. I also think homeschooling sounds wonderful but I do not have the capacity to do something like that- I would be doing my kids more a disservice by trying to teach them myself.
I will wait until after the holidays to see if having other boys in his class changes things and if this gut feeling I have that this is not the right school goes away. At the same time, I am going to look into other options for my son to see if there is a better fit out there.