Monday, September 10, 2018

Preschool Update



Today I dropped the kids off at preschool and didn't stay at all. After having a conversation with the teachers on Friday about my frustrations (which you can read about in my last post), I didn't feel it would be a good idea to stay and potentially add more pressure. I don't want them to feel judged, as nobody likes that!

When I picked up the kids, they were excited to see me and seemed to have enjoyed their morning. I was happy (relieved) to see that they had worked on (or at least talked about) the letter A today.


I checked in with the teacher to see if she had put anything together for me to help with. Her response was that it would be great if I could do the name tags so the kids would know where there seats are in class, but she had to find the supplies for that first. Okaaaayyyyyy, I have three thoughts on that:

  1. I'm glad to know that she has plans to help curb the chaos and be more organized.
  2. How hard is it to find the name tags and print out a class list for me? She had all weekend to do this!
  3. Deep breath. I have no idea what her personal story is. Maybe she didn't have any time available to devote towards being more prepared and organized. Maybe she had a death in the family and that's why she always seems so... awkward. Maybe she has no background in teaching and she was just the best option the school could find at the last minute? That is not a comforting thought.

I do take comfort in the fact that the kids are being shown love from the teacher's assistant. She is very warm and loving with the kids and really seems to connect with them. The kids really like her a lot. If only the head teacher could relate to preschoolers on the same level...


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8 comments:

  1. Love the coloring on their "A"! Ayden is ready for Halloween with a candy corn theme & Rylee has her rainbow in the corner!!!! Impressive of you to stay away today. Good call on that & the kids are happy so all will be good in the end!!!! I sure do hope the teacher pulls it together soon. If not, & the kids stay happy & the TA stays there, I think I would possibly talk to the principal at the end of the year & voice your concerns so that they will maybe think about replacing her or maybe you will find out that there was a personal issue that created this situation. May it just keep smoothing out & getting better though!!!! The kids deserve that!!! Love & hugs, Aunt D

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    1. Hopefully things just keep getting better. The kids are happy (so far), so I'm trying to take a step back from my expectations. I still can't help but be disappointed though. If we are asked to give a review at the end of the year, I most definitely will be sharing my thoughts!

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  2. I read your last post too, sorry this Pre=School is not fulfilling your previous expectations. It seems like they pulled a bait and switch. Good for you for being proactive and volunteering to help, and sucks they can’t even be prepared.

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    1. I know the previous preschool teacher got a new teaching job elsewhere, but not the details behind it. It really sucks that I did a pretty thorough job of interviewing each teacher at the different schools to find out what their curriculum and daily expectations were, only to have it be a totally different teacher. As for volunteering, I don't really feel like I can complain if I'm not willing to step in and offer some help. Actually, I kind of enjoy volunteering and helping when I can, so hopefully it works in both our favors!

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  3. Is it any better now? My spidey senses are tingly. I'd be worried if things were still disorganized past the first few days of school. (And how hard is it to find paper and markers for you to write name tags?!)

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    1. I haven't stayed past the drop off since the second day to know if the chaos has really improved. I did get name tags done up for her to put down on the tables, so that should help a lot I would think. At least it's a start! They are at least coming home with a paper each day now of something they've either colored or glued shapes on, so I feel like they are at least doing SOMETHING while they are there.

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  4. I'll have to catch up on your last post, but I'm glad they're having fun. Still kind of weird she can't print you off a class list.

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    1. She did finally get me a class list and I got the name tags done for the tables, so that is something anyway!

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