school discipline for 4 year old

Anne - posted on 12/11/2014 ( 3 moms have responded )

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This year I sent my daughter to a private catholic preschool; we are not catholic but it seemed like the best choice for our area. This year we have had some good with some bad, which I completely understand. However, today my daughter comes home upset because she had mass at school and apparently she was looking around, behind her, above her, everywhere else but forward. Her teacher did not appreciate this so when the got back to class she moved her name to basically what they call the naughty list. She then had to sit in the room and most of the kids in her class were given popcorn to snack on but the teacher refused to let my daughter as well as a few others kids have any. The teachers made them basically watch the other kids eat it but said they couldn't. I was/am very angry about this because I don't feel this is an appropriate for of punishment for 3 and 4 year olds. I am fairly strict with my daughter and I certainly do want her to be well behaved and listen. That being said I have always had very good feedback from previous teachers, babysitters, and friends about my daughter's conduct so this really has hit a nerve. Do you think I'm over reacting?

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Pamela - posted on 12/12/2014

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See that is so young to learn a negative. And it's from an adult! I know the lesson the teacher is TRYING to teach, but it's not like your daughter ran around the room refusing to listen. That school does not sound like a good fit for your daughter to be honest. My heart aches for how she must have felt. If you can, find a school where teachers are patient and respect a child's feelings and actually want to nurture her. That punishment was just plain mean really!

Anne - posted on 12/12/2014

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Exactly minds do wander and that is perfectly okay, because that's just what they do. Heck I daydream all the time! I know nuns don't teach and a lot of the teachers have come from public school to teach there. I'm just so frustrated! She's in preschool to answer your question.

Pamela - posted on 12/11/2014

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I went to Catholic school and I must say, it did not set the stage for bettering myself in future school years. Out nun would yell, smack desks with rulers, would not let me study new things until I learned how to write in script. This was kindergarten! My personal opinion is to talk with the principal. If that doesn't work, pull her put and sent to public or charter school. This is my personal opinion. What is happening is this "punishment" is saying she isn't special or worthy enough to participate with the other children. They Rent robots and minds do wander. Sounds like a strict military academic,y. What grade is she in?!

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