Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Nursery School Registration

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.

1 comment:

  1. Go with your gut. If it doesn't feel right then it is not the right school for you or your son.
    I am a former preschool director and early childhood specialist and all learning in preschool should take place through exploration and play. Learning should come from experiences. There should be no worksheets, dittos etc... There is so much pressure these days on learning and children being left behind that we forget to let them be kids.
    I could go on for hours but I won't bore you.