Advice on starting kindergarten!!!

Lindsey - posted on 08/06/2012 ( 2 moms have responded )

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My 5 1/2 year old son started kindergarten on Wednesday, Aug 1st. Not only did he start kindergarten, but I switched his daycare provider. I received a phone call from his teacher Friday, he's acted up everyday since. I'm not saying he's an angel at home, we have our issues there. But I'm ultimately embarrassed and have no idea how to handle this issue. He had homework Wednesday and Thursday and over the weekend. Simple tasks. He flipped out over doing them. He was refusing to write his name because he said he couldn't do it. I'm a single mom and we live with my grandmother. She helps out when she can, but for the most part it's just me and him. I am needing advice on how to handle this. His teacher said that he knocked the stuff off her desk, is talking back, not following directions, not listening, being disruptive, throwing himself on the ground. He's causing problems in school and as I sit here at work today, I am so worried about how he'll do today. She has him sitting in isolation which means he's at a desk alone. I could use any and all advice, I have no idea how to handle this situation, he's my only child.

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Lindsey - posted on 08/06/2012

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Every time we've had to do homework, he tells me he can't do it and his teacher will get mad at him. He was drawing a circle last night and we getting upset because it wasn't perfect. He said his friends will make fun of it because it's not good. I was very sad this morning sending him off to school. He's not enjoying it at all.He told me last night that he was going to have to draw in his journal at school and that he doesn't like doing it because he has to share it with the class and his pictures aren't good. Ahhhh......I don't know what to do at all. Should I get him a tutor or counseling?! I feel my 5 year old should not be having these feelings of failure so soon. I've never put him down in any way and I always try to encourage him. I will sit him down tonight and see if he'll talk to me. I tried last night when we were laying in his bed after reading stories. But all he talked about was his journal. Thank you for the advise.

Michelle - posted on 08/06/2012

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Have you sat him down and asked him what's bothering him? Sit and listen to him and discuss why he feels the way he does.

It sounds to me like he is acting out because he's frustrated. You need to find out why. It could be as simple as another child not wanting to play with him or it could be another child bullying him.

I always ask my boys why they are acting a certain way rather than just talking to the teacher. The teachers don't always know the full stories with so many children to look after.

The last thing I'll add is make sure you listen, it sounds simple but most of the time our minds are elsewhere when our children want to talk. Make sure you set aside 30mins to an hour so you're not thinking of dinner, the washing etc.

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