Teacher doing preschoolers work

Alyssa-shelton - posted on 09/12/2016 ( 2 moms have responded )

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My son is 4 years old and is in pre-k this year. At the beginning of the year I noticed he wasn't performing at the same level he was last year. He isn't writing his name on his paper (something he did last year), isn't doing worksheets that I know he can do. I assumed he just didn't have time in class. He has also been telling me the kids are mean to him. Later he would change his story so I let it slide. Teacher conferences are around the corner so I have been holding off with my concerns and just helping him as much as I can at home. Then today he brought home a worksheet that has obviously been completed by the teacher! The color position was completely colored perfectly in the lines, his name wrote neatly at the top of the page and the tracing portion neatly done. I contacted the teacher telling her we need to have a meeting but I'm trying to prep for it before hand. I'm just so mad that a teacher would complete his paper for him I can't even think straight. How would you address the teacher with your concerns?

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GINA - posted on 09/13/2016

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Try to stay calm with the teacher. Do you know how many kids are in the class? Is it a big class? Sometimes it is harder for a teacher to recognize or notice everything every child is doing when it's a big class. Bringing up your exact concerns is probably what the teacher needs to know. Also, His teacher might have been trying to give your son a little boost while doing that worksheet. We, as mother's, know our children better than anyone. We know when something is "off". You are an awesome mom for recognizing that your child may need help. Good luck! Everything will be fine.

Kali - posted on 09/12/2016

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First and foremost, I would be extremely blunt with the teacher. You as his mother have this right and it is so important. You need to address what your goals are for your son in pre-k and then let his teacher tell you what the curriculum dictates. Many times what I see happen is if you know your son is "gifted" or maybe above the normal standard, like writing his name etc. (which a lot of kids have trouble with at this age) I would take an extra close look at curriculum because your son may not be challenged enough or the teacher may not be as engaging with pre-k students as she should be. It is incredibly crucial to point this out as soon as possible to prevent boredom and your son being disengaged in school. I would make it very clear that if your son needs extra assistance in any area that this needs to be addressed with you immediately upon her noticing. It sounds like you are already doing an awesome job with your son's education, and staying involved is really the only way to make sure your son gets the best education possible. Good Luck! :)

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