Need advise! 4 year old in K-4 and is having a hard time following rules!

Lina - posted on 11/15/2014 ( 2 moms have responded )

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I am new to this site and I have bee reading a lot of posts trying to find an answer to my daughter's current behavior. She is 4 and started K4 full-time. At first, she was very happy to start school, she was having a great time. Al of the sudden the teacher starts sending me little notes like: she is not listening, she is not following instructions. I have a babysitter who takes her to school and picks her up since my husband and I work full-time. On the first parent-teacher meeting the teacher told us how our daughter is not keeping up, not wanting to listen, and does not want to follow the teachers instructions. Pretty much if it is circle time and she doesn't feel like it, she would stay in her chair and refuse to move. This is a private catholic school, I may add, and during weekly Mass my daughter can't stay still. I know she is 4 and the youngest in the class. I am wondering if we should've waited another year, but at the same time, she is learning so much. The final note sent by the teacher yesterday was for me to email her before Monday! I decided to take next week off from work to try and come by the school a few hours every day and see if I can find a reason for her behavior. Any suggestions? I know at home if she doesn't want to do something she would say NO NO but as soon as I give her "the look" she goes and does it. Is the teacher maybe not trying? For a private school, I feel that 22 K4 students are too many to handle. One of the reasons I enrolled her into this school is because of the teacher:student ratio (last year there were only 12 students). I appreciate any advise or suggestions. Thank you!

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Lindie - posted on 11/15/2014

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Hhmmm, I might visit the school unannounced during the day and try to see a few minutes of class in action. Then I would meet with the teacher and say, you have told me about these problems, what do you think the problem is and what do you suggest we do to enable good learning behaviour from my daughter? The suggestions need to be about promoting positive behaviour rather than punishment for bad. Make sure you have seen the behaviour policy beforehand as well.

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Lina - posted on 11/16/2014

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Thank you Lindie for your comment. I just emailed the teacher about meeting this week. I did read up their behavior policy and hopefully if I don't get any results or good suggestions from the teacher I will then meet the guidance canceler at the school.

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