Do any of you have your own children attending your school?

Abby - posted on 12/20/2009 ( 58 moms have responded )

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My husband and I cannot decide whether or not to put our kids in the elementary school where I work. Will they still get to know the neighborhood kids if they go to school somewhere else? What about having Mom as your teacher? I teach a specials class, so I see all of the kids in the school and would have mine as well - has anyone done that? how did it go? Pros and Cons?

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Rocio - posted on 12/26/2009

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Both my daughters attended the charter school where I teach. It was great to have them near by. There were definite advantages to having a great relationship with their teachers and knowing the curriculum they were being taught. My daughters felt at home and had confidence in their abilities. Of course they were expected to set the example because everyone knew they were daughters of a teacher;however, they didn't resent it because there were other children of other teachers, and they supported each other.
Now they attend middle school where my husband is the principal. Being at their mom's or dad's job is all they know. It is tougher to be the daughters of the principal than the daughters of a teacher. Think about your options. We don't regret having our daughters' at our schools because we know the quality of education they are getting and who their teachers are.

Tryla - posted on 12/25/2009

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My son attends the same where I work. I enjoy having him on the same schedule that I am on. He is in kindergarten and I teach 2nd. He has become very comfortable with the staff and the students in my class (which in his mind make him "big man" on campus). As a parent I enjoy having a connection with his teacher and the chance to visit his class, something that I would not be easily done if he went to another school. From a teachers perspective I do miss that time alone in my room after school. I also miss that very small window of time that I was able to to some "mommy" errands before I picked him up from the day care center. I can say that if I was to change schools he would go with me because the pros out weigh the cons.

Michelle - posted on 12/23/2009

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My son just started his second year at PRE K at my school. There are pros and cons. Pros I receive a daily report that I can talk to him about. He knows that everyone is watching out for him. He eats breakfast at school. If he gets sick I know right away. If I see him in the hall he says hi and gets right back to classroom mode. He knows when it is time to be a student. Cons- It sometimes is hard to transition from parent ,to teacher, to parent. It's hard to walk into a classroom and not think like a teacher. Initially I told them what Jordan can do and what he needs instead of them trusting them to take of and teach my son. I also want to help as a parent but often have too much work as a teacher. Overall it's a great learning experience for me and my son. Now he and I are both very happy with the school environment. He is quite excited to go to "our" school. Be blessed.

Joanne - posted on 12/21/2009

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I got lucky and changed to the school I wanted my daughter to attend because they had an opening. In Kindergarten, it was great -- I saw her everyday but never taught her. She has a different last name than mine which wasn't an issue in until this summer when she entered the same recess/lunch as the kids I teach. They figured out that she was my daughter by our afterschool pick up and decided it was their job to give her a hard time. She is in first grade and I have to say -- She's handled a few of them with great words (What difference does that make to you? I like my name!)
This year I teach her for 30 minutes per week (which will be the case from now until she graduates 8th grade). I only struggle with one piece -- I do NOT like being in the classroom for the party chaos -- not because of my daughter -- but little kids just are too chaotic and random for me -- I teach Junior High (6-8) and I much prefer the teen noise to the little kid chaos!
Parents are all-over the parties and field trips and I've only asked the teacher if I could attend one (she was thankful that I was one of the few parents who didn't demand to be at EVERY party).
The hardest part for me is the birthday parties -- it never fails that since I teach the upper grades -- parents will ask about their kid or other kids in their grade WHILE I'm being a Mom at a birthday party. I try answer their question and then raise a question about this group of kids and their first grade activities :-)

All in all -- it is SO worth it -- to see my daughter every day at school -- makes me smile and I see her growing in personality as well as education. I do make the teachers giggle though because I take great pleasure in seeing her get busted for acting up -- It's reassuring to know that she acts as bossy at school (and gets busted) as she tries to at home (and she gets busted!) -- at least she's consistent ;-)

Regina - posted on 12/21/2009

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Hi, I have four children. All four of them attend the school I teach at. One of them is in my class. All is going well! In fact, I am finding it to be a wonderful experience. I can keep up with what is going on with my children and get to know my daughter really well! I wish you the best of luck with your decision.

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Jennifer - posted on 01/07/2010

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I live in a very small community and most of the teachers have had kids through the district. I love having my pre-schooler at work with me. I do try very hard not to ask her teacher many questions when we have lunch together, she needs her 30 minutes of peace too. My daughter knows all the teachers by their first names but is very good about not using them at school. I wouldn't want it any other way.

Sarah - posted on 01/07/2010

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When I signed my first contract, 2008-09 school year, I signed my boys up to attend the Christian school where I would be teaching. The very first year, my youngest was in my class. Of course, by then, they were in 5th and 7th grade, so they already knew the neighborhood kids and some of them were not too nice, anyway. It was the best place for them to be. I was able to keep tabs on their progress much better than before and their teachers always know how to reach me.

Having my son in my class the first year I had my own classroom was a bit trying, but we made it through. Since he's in 6th now, and the 5th and 6th still do a lot together (recess, lunch, Spanish, and gym) I'm able to see him every day, but we don't focus on the fact that he's my son.

Kids seem to adjust pretty well. If I were you, I'd do it. It's convenient and you'll be sure to make it to all their activities.

Tina - posted on 01/07/2010

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My 3 children go to the same school that both my husband and myself teach at. It is not in the same town as we live in but they have made a lot of friends at school and it isn't a big deal to take them to a friend's place on occasion because the school is also where we shop etc (we live in a small country town). The kids love having parents who are teachers. I teach year 3/4 and my husband teaches Design and Tech/IT. One of my daughters is in year 4 this year and I wont be teaching her but neither i nor my daughter would have had a problem with it. (There are 2 year 3/4 classes). I think the benefits far outweigh any problems. I know exactly whats happening at school for things such as sports day, parties etc (no need for missed notes lol). Luckil we are both well liked as teachers so the kids don't get the flack for us being 'mean' which would be a problem. I feel I spend more of my day seeing my kids (even if it is across the oval but its nice seeing them happy playing with friends). It means that although we stay at school until about 5.00pm, the kids are with us and use the computers or play with other friends that have techers as parents.

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Christine - posted on 01/07/2010

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Quoting Abby:

Do any of you have your own children attending your school?

My husband and I cannot decide whether or not to put our kids in the elementary school where I work. Will they still get to know the neighborhood kids if they go to school somewhere else? What about having Mom as your teacher? I teach a specials class, so I see all of the kids in the school and would have mine as well - has anyone done that? how did it go? Pros and Cons?


My husband taught all our children at one time or another. As a Mum, I was delighted. At least for this time I knew that they were getting support from a person who really knew and cared for them. I guess the con would be that at deciding on prizes at the end of the year, it was difficult to choose your own child because you didn't want to appear that you were giving your child preferential treatment. I know the children thought it neat to have Dad teach them though.

Lindsay - posted on 01/07/2010

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I was a teacher's kid and went to school from k-8 with my dad. He taught me and both my siblings 6th grade Social Studies. We all turned out fine. The other kids were okay with it. I called him Dad or Mr. G, like the other kids. My kids have gone with me while they are in Ele. school. (k-5) I loved having my kids with me. Everybody watches out for them. If they are sick... I am there. I could see all the performances and award ceremonies. The key is to keep teacher stuff and parent stuff separate. Don't always talk to their teachers about your kid, unless they bring it up. If you need to discuss something, do it after school like all the other parents.

Elizabeth - posted on 01/07/2010

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I teach music, and my two younger boys are in my classes once or twice a week. I love it! Pros - you get to see them every day, which I love, and they feel special because their friends know I'm their mom. Their teachers also know they can contact me at any time, however they don't communicate sometimes as much as I would like. It's also good when they get sick - nobody has to come pick them up, although sometimes it's tricky to get away at that point. Cons - they tend to think that it's "their" classroom, too, and try to get awaywith stuff at times while in my class. But for the most part, they are pretty good, and like learning things in my class way past what the regular class is learning, so they are class leaders when they come to music. They are both good students, too, and their teachers have liked them very much so far. It's fun to see them every day, too, even if they are not in my class for specials that day. As far as neighborhood kids, we don't know them very well, but my kids have lots of friends at school, church, baseball teams, etc. They will go to middle school and high school in the same district in which I teach, too. One of the perks in this district is that your kids do get to go to school with you or at the secondary school of your choice, and I really like the choices I have!

Cathy - posted on 01/06/2010

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I smiled when I read your question. I was hired to teach at my children's school after they had been going there for several years and didn't think twice about it. It was and continues to be the best thing that I did. As with anything there are pros and cons but being around for my children even though I am a working mom helps me escape some of the mom guilt. I can pop in for parties, award ceremonies, and be up to date on school happenings. My three older children still talk about how they liked having me on campus, even though I did not see them every day.

Good luck with your decision.

Cathy

Verna - posted on 01/06/2010

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My two kids attend school where I teach. So far it worked out very well - No travel hassles, no after care hassles, get to know my children's friends, can consult with teachers if they don't understand assignments but most important of all if they get sick ( which happened once with my son) I'm nearby.

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I work about 25 minutes from my home and I take my children wtih me. On the up side, I am close by if my children need me, and they are making friends where we are. On the down side, it's hard to get them together with their friends because of the driving times. I have substitute taught my own children before and that's not so bad, but I would not want to teach my own child all day every day. They need time away from me.

Shelly - posted on 01/03/2010

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I have my son at the same school I teach at, and it is a mixed blessing. I know I will always know what is going on, but sometimes I wish I was just a parent. I will never have him as a student so I do like being close to help his teacher if she needs it. So it has its ups and downs.

Diane - posted on 01/02/2010

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My son started kindergarten this year, and we decided to put him at my school. He felt so comfortable when he started because he already knew most of the teachers. It's nice to have him ride with me in the morning to school...no worries about dropping him off somewhere else. Next year he'll be in first grade, which is what I teach, but I will not be his teacher...I want him to have his own first grade experience.

Cathy - posted on 01/02/2010

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I was relocated to my son's school after his PK year. It has been working fine, but I certainly know more of any issues that typically one wouldn't be called home about. He sometimes wants me to handle things like ask teachers for something etc.. I won't do that as a rule if it seems like special treatment. He'll be in my 4th grade next year. We'll see what happens. Other friends have had theirs too because we are small and it has always worked out fine.

Jenny - posted on 01/02/2010

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I am the school media specialist and I have my son at my school, and will have my daughter there too next year. I love the limited commuting and it is convenient. however, I only see my son when he comes in to check out in media center and he is as quiet as a mouse! There is some downsides to having him there, and I think the biggest problem is being able to seperate personal and professional especially when it comes to communicating with his teachers. Also, many times PTSA events, that I would like to go to as a parent, I have many more eyes watching and can't embrace the mommy time when I have the other students greeting me....its like hard to jusggle the work hat and mommy hat at the exact same time...kinda like the twiliight zone...

Helen - posted on 01/02/2010

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I had my teenaged son at my school and I dont think he could wait to graduate!!! He always felt that there was a second more stringent set of rules for him at the school! I also felt that I was put under a microscope especially when it came to dealing with discipline matters. I am a Form Co-Ordinator.

Rhonda - posted on 01/02/2010

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I took my son(14) to my school. Originally we lived in the district so it wasn't a problem with meeting neighborhood vs. school kids. When we moved, though; he didn't meet any of the kids in the new neighborhood; and most parents weren't willing to drive half an hour for their kids to 'hang out'. We are planning on moving back to the district as soon as we can.
The good thing about having him in the same building when he was in primary school, was that I got to pick the teacher that I felt would be the best 'fit' for him. I also had the opportunity to keep up on what he was learning; and possible behavior issues. I also got to hear all those cute stories about him. It also made it really easy to participate in school-wide activities with him since I'm a reading teacher rather than a classroom teacher. I also got to know his classmates really well.
The drawbacks? Everyone expected my son to be 'perfect'. I would have to remind people that if they wouldn't call a parent on an issue, don't come looking for me. Kids would tattle on him knowing that I was his mom; and sometimes my co-workers knew more about my personal life than I would've liked.
Hope this helps!

Sarah - posted on 01/02/2010

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I have had my daughter at my school for 2 years now (she is in 1st grade) and love it. I can keep an eye on her and her behavior seems better for it as she never knows when I'll walk in. I teach special education and have a student mainstreamed in her class. Do your kids take instruction from you well? If so, then you should not have a problem. In fact, you may enjoy seeing how your children interact with other students.

Angela - posted on 01/01/2010

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Hi,

I am going through the same decision as you are. It really is a tough call. A lot of the teachers at my school have thier own kids attend. I see some that seem to have it work out. Others seem to be too much involved and don't give their kids the space they need. Right now I have him in a day care near my work which is not near work. It's almost impossible to arrange play dates and when birthdays come around I am always driving to the other end of the city. This is making me lean towards having him go to his own neighbourhood school. I am thinking he needs friends close to home. The only advantage is I would not have to pay for before and after school child care. It really is a touch call.

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I live in a small town, so it was difficult for my children to get away from the fact that their parents were in the school system. However, my oldest child went to k at her Daddy's school, then switched over to my school in first grade. The year my youngest started K, we had consolidated all the lower elem. K-4 to one new campus. The school was huge and she had cried every day during preschool, so I was afraid she was going to be crying for her mom all day. I asked the principal if I could teach her that year, and though no one had ever done it, he allowed me to. It was a breeze! She was "queen bee", knew where everything was, and was so confident! It made all the difference in the world. I am so glad I had that opportunity- that and the fact that I bust my tail to make the learning experience fun and challenging for everyone else's kids and I wanted to do it for her too! Even though I didn't do it for my oldest, they are different children, and it worked the best in their situation.

Kristi - posted on 01/01/2010

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I work for a preschool and have always had my children with me. I found if very difficult to have my own children in my class. If there was another teacher teaching the same age I requested my director to put them in the other class. If there wasn't I kept my child with me. This would sometimes create a problem with my child, because I would be more difficult on my own child so that I wouldn't be showing or accused of showing favoritism. I grew up with my mom working in the school system as a secretary in a school. As a student in middle school it was a little difficult because if I didn't get work done in time, or had a bad grade on a test or acted up in class the teachers would go straight to my mom. My two older children do not attend my school anymore because they are in elementary school, but they also do not attend their local school. They have made friends in the neighborhood where we live and enjoy playing with them on the weekends and holidays. They also have friends from school. There are many good reasons to have your child at your school and some not so good reasons. You just have to make sure you ask yourself what is best for your child. Hope this helps.

Susan - posted on 01/01/2010

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My daughter is in my school this year. I love it! I teach kindergarenand she is in the kindergarten next door. I wish she was in my class in some ways, but in some ways it is better that she is not. All three of my Godchildren attended the school with me and 2 of them were in my multiage (1-2) and it was absolutely wonderful!

Mary - posted on 12/31/2009

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I did this with my third child. My mom was a teacher and I was determined never to do it with my kids, however I have changed a great deal as a parent over the years. She attended the school with me from JK to Grade 1. It went fine. I moved schools so I sent her back to her home school for Grade 2 and on. It isn't as convenient and I miss seeing her as much, but she is doing well. Other people have opinions about it, but basically I think whatever works for your family is what is best.

Jane - posted on 12/31/2009

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I teach at a private school, and I totally believe in having your child in the same school that you are in. I also have taught both of my kids at some point. At times I have had some teachers be more critical of my son than they have of other students which is difficult. But, I think this was more because he was totally opposite of his older sister, not because I was a teacher. Some students haven't been nice to my son or daughter because I was a teacher, but once the offenders realized that it had no effect upon my kids, things stopped. It also makes you as a parent aware of the school situation (good teacher, not-so-good teachers, students your kids shouldn't hang around with, etc). I also think for private schools that it says a lot about the teacher and the school, if you have your child in the same school. Tuition at our school is free for teachers, so it isn't a hardship to pay tuition. So, if you don't have your child attend the school - what does that say about your opinion of school?

Janie - posted on 12/31/2009

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I worked in the same school my son attended. It was good because I could keep and eye on him if needed. The down side he was teased, if he did one thing wrong I heard about it, and my concerns were not taken seriously by a teacher. Good Luck!!

Jill - posted on 12/31/2009

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Two of my three children attend the elementary school where I am. My oldest is in high school. It works nicely as far as schedules. The teachers are respectful of my position and do not come to me with every little thing. Only once have I been pulled out of class and it was a situation that would have warranted a phone call from the teacher. My daughter was adjusting to her first year of switching classes and having organizational trouble. My kids can hug me to say hi if they see me, but they cannot disturb my class. When I am at school, I am working, after school I am mom. I like it and so do they.

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I teach Middle School and had both of my girls in the same school. Both are really good students and great kids. However, when one of them got into trouble with a teacher, the teacher took it harder than she should have and the principal came down harder than he should have. I have found that our administration is harder on the teacher's children than on the other kids. (I'm sure it's not unique to our school, but wouldn't happen at all schools.) I do like being able to see what's going on in the school and being able to address the situations as both a parent of a student and as a teacher at the school. If the girls needed something, I was there. My youngest was accident prone and it made her feel better to have me there (OK, me too!) so I could assess the situation and make a trip to the emergency room or not. If they forgot to have money for lunch or needed an Advil or cough drop, they could come to my room. Many of their friend's parents had me as an emergency contact and on the list to be able to drive their kids home. My girls are now both at the high school across the street, so I am still close by, but far enough to not know *everything* that goes on.

Teresa - posted on 12/31/2009

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I taught high school for three years at a small private school my four daughters attended (had my oldest in class for two of them). My children have wonderful friends inthe neighborhood as well as from the school which is 1/2 hour from my house. I enjoyed having my kids near me and wouldn't trade it for anything. Other children where in grades 6-8 and my twins were in kindergarten - 2nd grade. Best wishes in your decision.

Christine - posted on 12/30/2009

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My children go to school where I teach. It is the best decision I made. The district we live on is on a different schedule than we are so this was the first reason we decided to do this. I also really enjoy having them close to me. I will not have my own children. I teach kindergarten and we have two of each grade. My oldest is in third and then my second is in first grade. Since I am unable to stay at home with them it is nice having them so close to me. I get to share in their enjoyments with out hovering. We thought we would switch them around grade 4 to their home school but they really want to finish out elementary school. We live in a rural area so we really don't have the neighborhood kids. My children attend church with children from the local district. At our church there are many that are home schooled or go to private school. I feel that my children have had an opportunity to meet many children. I have only had positives from having my children with me in the building I teach in. I would encourage you if you decide to do this to be a parent and not to hover. I want my children treated like every other child and it has worked great so far. Good luck.

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I am a 4th/5th grade teacher. He started at my school in kindergarten. That year went well. First grade did not. We pulled him out and home schooled him for the end of 1st & all of 2nd grade. (My husband is at home so we had this option.) In 3rd grade we enrolled him in our neighborhood school and he had a great year. However, he begged to return to the school where I teach for 4th & 5th. He was in the classroom across the hall, but I was his teacher for math or reading groups sometimes. Both of us felt it was a wonderful experience.

My younger son is now a 1st grader at my school having begun there in kindergarten. It is going well.

As Sherika stated, it is important to talk to the teachers in advance. We had an agreement that they would talk to me about any negatives that would result in a call home for any other student. To facilitate that, whenever I had to talk to one of their teachers as a mother, I would pause at the door and jokingly say, "Switching hats to mom." They would smile and then we both knew what role I was taking at that moment. After finishing I would pantomime switching hats and say, "Returning to teacher role." That worked well for us.

Eppy - posted on 12/29/2009

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My son attended the school where I was a reading coach for six years from kinder through fifth grade. Although I never actually had him in my own classroom, I did go into his classrooms quite often throughout the years to model lessons. All of the kids knew in the school that I was "Connor's Mom", as well as, Mrs. Bunyard. It always worked out fine. He sometimes came down and had lunch with me with a friend. I really miss him now that he's in middle school. We have a lot of students that attend private schools instead of public schools in my area so my son has school friends and neighborhood friends. It has all worked out. In middle school now, he is a very confident young man and a leader that makes good choices. I am very proud of him.

Margo - posted on 12/27/2009

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Quoting Michelle:

My son just started his second year at PRE K at my school. There are pros and cons. Pros I receive a daily report that I can talk to him about. He knows that everyone is watching out for him. He eats breakfast at school. If he gets sick I know right away. If I see him in the hall he says hi and gets right back to classroom mode. He knows when it is time to be a student. Cons- It sometimes is hard to transition from parent ,to teacher, to parent. It's hard to walk into a classroom and not think like a teacher. Initially I told them what Jordan can do and what he needs instead of them trusting them to take of and teach my son. I also want to help as a parent but often have too much work as a teacher. Overall it's a great learning experience for me and my son. Now he and I are both very happy with the school environment. He is quite excited to go to "our" school. Be blessed.


I work in a head start classroom and wondering if I should put my little one in my classroom with me as her teacher. This is very helpful to me but I still worry about the cons!

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Oh, some children will use the fact that Mom is there and will try to go see you for every little thing. I see that happen a lot.

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I had my son in middle school for homeroom and Algebra. I thought it would be perfectly fine, and his friends thought it was cool, but he did not like it, and it strained us there for a while.

Angela - posted on 12/27/2009

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My daughter goes to the school where I teach. I love being able to meet her friends and parents, see her playing in the afternoon and I get to drop her off and pick her up everyday. I also get to pick her teacher every year! Next year my second daughter will go to kindergaten, not in my class. I love it!

Recently my oldest fell off the monkey bars and I was on campus soI could be with her immediately.

Luanna - posted on 12/27/2009

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I work in a very small district a little ways from where I live. My daughter is in Kinder and I am her teacher. I wouldnt have it any other way. I love having her in my class and she loves being in there. I am able to work with her both at school and at home. She is very active in other activities so it is great that we get to spend all day together.

Catherine - posted on 12/27/2009

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I have found there are pros and cons. It allows you not to have to worry about before and after school care when you have to arrive early or stay late at school. You know what is going on. You will know your child's teacher on a more personal level, because you are their coworker. I chose not to be my child's teacher, because I have very high expectations for my kids as a mom and I wouldn't want to do that to them as a teacher. They would never be able to get away from me. I would encourage you that if you decide to put them at your school then you most definitely should involve them in area activities like scouts and/or sports. This really helped my kids be able to transition at the middle school/junior high level, because they already had some friends through these activities. My oldest son seemed to have it the hardest. Everyone knew him and every time and I mean every time he did something wrong someone from the cafeteria to the custodial staff, to the office secretary, to other students would coming running to tell me what he had done. My younger two don't seem to have had it as bad until the past two years they are in 5th and 6th grade. People tell them that the only reason they get honors and awards is because I get it for them. My children are straight A students in the gifted program. You really have to weigh all the pros and cons. You could try it for a year and just see how it goes. Have you asked your child what they would want to do? Good luck and I hope all works out well.

Laurel - posted on 12/27/2009

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Where I live we have school choice and there are several schools in our zone where we live. The school I teach at is not in our zone, but of course, I could have taken my son there with me. I chose not to take him to my school for a few reasons, but now I think it has worked out well. When my son was starting Kindergarten, my sister-in-law was unemployed and was our nanny for our infant son. The school I sent my son to was VERY close to her house so she could take him and pick him up (it was also on a different schedule than my school) and also she had interned there the year before and really liked it and highly recommended it. After a few months, my husband lost his job and he became full-time caretaker of our infant son and so then he was able to take my other son to school and it was still kinda close to our house. We moved this summer and now are very close to his school. I kept him there because he did well there and I really like the school. The other reason I didn't want to take him to my school was because I was the music teacher there until this year, when arts were cut. I didn't want to be his teacher in any way, shape, or form. I teach 1st grade this year and he is in 1st grade this year. At my school we only have 4 1st grade classes (including mine) and while I would've been able to pick his teacher, and it wouldn't have been me, I still would've seen him a lot during the day because we often do things together. Having him at a different school allows me to just be mommy to him, not mommy and teacher. (Which I am teacher at home most of the time too) And it has worked out well for us. I'm considering now possibly transferring to his school for next year, if there are any openings. It would be different, I think, having him in a different grade than the one I teach- wouldn't have to see him during the day. My advice is to do what your gut tells you because for some people it works having their kids at their schools and for others it doesn't. Try one and if it doesn't work out you can always transfer your child. Good luck!

Faith - posted on 12/26/2009

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My kids went to school with me until there was no other choice but to move my son to a different schedule than mine or to move his school. They would not allow him in my class. The official reason was that a parent cannot proctor their own child on state tests. I think there was more to it, but the district seems to be against it.

Marilize - posted on 12/26/2009

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It is tought to have your kids in your school. I just enrolled my own child in their own school they have to be an individual. My son has grown to my hip and would'nt make friends he wanted to be with me all the time. As a teacher to they need to learn to be by themselves and grow in their own achievements. Many times when mom is around they feel it is moms doing not their own Good luck

Larae - posted on 12/26/2009

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I am aspecial education teacher. I had my daughter attend the same school I worked at for a year. The pros are that you share the same schedule and you know the teachers and the kids she is involved with. The cons are that the teachers know you and any little issue tend to come your way rather than them working out small issues. My daughter was known as my kid, not as Malissa. I have since choosen to put all my children in a charter school. Issues with not knowong neighborhood kids is minimal as we arrange plenty of play dates with school friends.

Stephanie - posted on 12/26/2009

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It is ok. I teach specials as well and my kids attend the school that I work at. It makes them more aware the mom is here and not to get in trouble. I is actually fun, when I get off I do not have to worry about going somewhere else to pick up my kids after work.

Meri - posted on 12/25/2009

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I have chosen to have my children in their neighborhood school for a couple of reasons. First of all, my kiddos are very demanding, particularly of me. My oldest has a diagnosis of Asperger's Syndrome and ODD. I would have been his special education teacher. Secondly, I want my kiddos to have a life separate from me and connection to kiddos in their neighborhood. It has worked out very well for me to be at a different school. I can be mommy at home and teacher to others during the day. It works for me. But I have a terrific husband who gets my kiddos to school, takes care of homework, meals, etc. There are many teachers who have their kiddos at our school and love it. It's just not for me. One colleague said it could be like being in a fishbowl since the school community sees you everywhere with your children... Good luck with your decision. I think it depends on your circumstances and personality as well as the personalities of your children.

Sherika - posted on 12/24/2009

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My son is at my school and I love it! He loves it too! Our favorite part is eating breakfast together in the classroom, watching tv, tossing the foam ball around, as we talk about stuff and in the afternoons, we can have a snack and get homework done as I tutor children or finish talking to co-workers. We are a close group of teachers so If I am not there my co-workers take care of him in the same fashion that I would. A lot of the teachers at our school have there kids go there. Our kids are in an inner circle I deemed "the teachers' kids". We make sure that our kids are safe and taken care of at all times. I teach a different level from him during regular school but I have taught him many times during summer school or even just allowing him to be a part of my class. He has grown up being a part of my classrooms and it is something we both love. In fact we love it so much I came back from my maternity leave on time - I did not extend it because he missed the way things are when we are at school together.

One thing though - make sure your co-workers know not to run and tell you everything about your child. I had one co-worker that would tell me if he stopped to tie his shoe while the line was still moving kind of thing. I ask my friends "co-workers" - to please let him be a child, don't run and tell me anything you wouldn't any other parents and make sure that you don't become a negative nanny - a teacher that only reports the "wrong things" that he does.

Michelle - posted on 12/24/2009

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We live in a different school district from where I teach and my daughter started kindergarten at her neighbourhood school. We had a lot of issues with that school and finally decided this year to transfer her to my school. It has truly been a wonderful experience. We get to spend the drive to and from school together and my daughter's confidence has really benefited from knowing that mom is in the same building.

Tammy - posted on 12/23/2009

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My son was with me at the same school from the age of three and is just now this year in middle school and we are no longer together. Yes, without any doubt in my mind I would have them with me. All of the special area teachers have kids that are at or were at our school. You so know what is going on when you are right there at school with them - I reallly miss that this year. Cons for me were that he was in my classroom before and after school when I had planning or parent conferences. I do miss having my son with me. Do it, I think that you will like it.

Debbie - posted on 12/23/2009

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Both of my son's attended the school where I teach. It is our neighborhood school, so I know EVERYONE. I love knowing their friends, and being at school for special assemblies and awards. My principal won't let me help in their classes, but I am active in PTA and Foundation to support the school. It is hard sometimes to not have a 'conference' with the teacher during lunch breaks or while on yard duty. Now that my oldest has moved on to Middle School, I miss seeing him.

Nancy - posted on 12/22/2009

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My teachers' kids attend the school where I teach, mine included. I love that I get to know their friends. They also have several friends in the neighborhood where we live and an additional group of friends through sports teams. It's nice because when the occasional drama/fights happen within one group, they have other separate friends to turn to for support.

In terms of school pros & cons. I have a great deal of respect for the teachers there and what they chose to do in their classroom is their decision. I trust them to do what's right for my kids while they are together.

I love being on the sam schedule and it makes before and after school care easy, they just come to my classroom, have a snack and then go find other teachers' kids to play until I finish what I need to do... Love it!

Kenya - posted on 12/21/2009

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I teach kindergarten and my daughter is in 1st grade. I try not to step on her teacher's toes when it comes to academics. At times I do see her aroung school but normally the staff and student body look out for her. And I went out of my way to keep it quiet amongst the students that she was my daughter but that didn't work too well. She blends in with the other students--but I always have a reported out there for me

Janeen - posted on 12/21/2009

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My son went to the same Elementary school I did for the last 1/2 of 7th grade and 8th grade where I taught. Then when it was time for him to go to High School he had the choice of going to the High School where my school fed into or he could go to the High School where we lived (same district), we researched what was available at each High School and then pros and cons of each..if he went to the feeder school he would have to wait for me to take him home after school, if he went to his home school he could take the bus etc. Ultimately he decided to go to the home school because he could ride the bus back and forth to school without having to worry if mom had meetings or not and they had a program that he was very interested in!

Claire - posted on 12/21/2009

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I teach high school in the district where I live. My kids went to their designated elementary and middle school. Their friends knew I was a teacher, as did their teachers. I think it was appreciated when I went on field trips - having another teacher along as well as an interested parent. I had a good relationship with all of their teachers. I didn't have them as students but liked having them around. And they could always find me when they needed something signed. Our district has 7 elementary schools - does yours? could they opt in to a different one? They'll still make friends in the neighborhood.

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