Trying to figure out my sons schooling for next year..........

Danielle - posted on 06/12/2012 ( 9 moms have responded )

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Okay this is going to be a long post: My son is 6 going on 7 this November he was suppose to be in Kindergarden last year but the teacher couldn't handle him and frankly didn't even want to try. So the head start program took him in and worked with him this past school year, we still had problems but they were more willing to work with him and not against him. My son can be a handful at times but he is also very smart, he has been somewhat behind since he was 9 months old but I have taken him to every specialist known and his doctor makes sure we did/do everything we can for him. Well he doesn't really have a choice for next year he has to go to Kindergarden and I'm worried about the teacher we've had numerous meetings and she always rolls her eyes and acts like she don't even care and I'm sick of it!!! I wanna homeschool him but his dad doesn't approve and honestly it wouldn't be fair since his sister will be going to Kindergarden, I just don't know what to do???? My son already has bad feelings towards her(the teacher) because when he went to school with her for a small amount of time and all she did was sent him home everyday after 2 hours of class. She says she can't understand him and he wants her attention, we of course he does he's a kid all kids want attention. Anyone been thru this and have ideas of what I can do to I don't want to allow her to have negitive outcome on my son he doesn't deserve it, he's sweet and loving towards alot of people (mainly those who he has a connection with). HELP!!!!

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♫ Shawnn ♪♫♫ - posted on 06/12/2012

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You are exactly right, Danielle, your son shouldn't be the one who has to sacrifice his education.

Stick to your guns with this one. Get as many people as you can in the know. Call the principal, the school district, your tribal council, etc.

Without slandering her, or using libelous claims, make sure that you let EVERYONE know what your son stands to go through. The stronger the public support, the easier it is to get change made. If you have other parents with similar concerns or complaints about this teacher, get them banded together in support of the students.

I can't do much from Wyoming except cheer you on, and hope it all goes well. Were I in your shoes, I'd be so vocal they'd make a change just to get me off their backs!

Danielle - posted on 06/12/2012

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The school is part of both Washington State but council still has a huge hand it all of it. The school is so small he could have an aid but it would only be part of the day. She shouldn't be a teacher, she has been turned in for calling her students stupid, and being very rude towards them its rediculous. I am going to try and get the principal to see what is going on and if he can't I gotta do what I can my son shouldn't suffer because of small town down falls it's just not right.

♫ Shawnn ♪♫♫ - posted on 06/12/2012

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your son is NOT a failure, nor will he be. Being that you've got the Tribal Council to go to, I think you could find a good solution, that doesn't involve the ferry.

Also, have his needs been assessed? Would he qualify for an aide? Just checking.

Does the Tribal Council control the school, or is it part of the Washington School district? If it's part of the district, and governed by the Washington state laws, then you have both Tribal Council AND School district officials that should be able to help get the situation under control,

My question would be this: If she can't handle one kid that may need a little extra attention, how in the bloody hell is she even "Handling" being a teacher???? I'd work to have her moved to a different school, or out of your district, if possible.

Good luck!

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I'd still homeschool him. The very reason you are descibing is why we are planing on keeping our kids out of school.

There are a lot of families who homeschool one child and the other one goes to public school.

The fact is he wont learn anything if he can't stand the teacher. Keep him home until he's 8 and you have to start filing paperwork for homeschooling. Then, if he seems to be flourishing as a homeschooled student you might be able to convince your husband that it is the best thing for your son. If that isn't the case, at least he'll be past a teacher that doesn't seem to care about her students.

Michelle - posted on 06/12/2012

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Being that he was in the headstart program would he not qualify for an in class aide to work with him in Kindergarten my son had one for both preschool and kindergarten by grade one he was ready to work independantly. My son has adhd and odd

Danielle - posted on 06/12/2012

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the next town is a ferry boat ride away which isn't very far but it only runs every half hour so if something was to happen I would have to wait for the ferry and I don't wanna do that. We live on a reservation which is a sovern nation so some rules don't appy. In Washington your not required to go til 2nd. Last year there were 22 students and she complained its to many now this year there are going to be almost 30 god knows what will happen then. I told him if he didn't get it figured out that I would have to bring our tribal council into it which I don't want to make a deal about it but it is a big deal. The kids dad doesn't think it is but I don't want my child to feel like a failure before his life even starts.

♫ Shawnn ♪♫♫ - posted on 06/12/2012

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How close is the next town?

You definitely cannot put a child into a room where the teacher is already anticipating horror if he's there. He will be miserable, and act out more.

She has no business teaching if she can't handle one student with special needs. I worked in the special needs classrooms in our district for many, many years (despite me thinking that I wouldn't have the patience), and found it to be the MOST REWARDING time that I ever spent working in our schools.

If your principal is not paying attention, escalate it. Your son's needs should be able to be met, small school system or not. There is a superintendent of schools for your district, and you need to get into direct contact with him. I would not allow my kid into that teacher's room, and the district will need to either provide him with an aide, mentor, or separate teacher.

At least, if you're in the US, they will. They cannot deny your son an education, nor can they force you to put him into a class with a teacher that has already proven unable to "handle" him.

Stick to your guns and be firm.

Alternatively, could you homeschool both? And, is Kindy even required? In Wyoming, it isn't required. They must be enrolled for 1st grade, but Kindergarten is optional.

Danielle - posted on 06/12/2012

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Yes she is, we live in a very small town were k-12 is in one building. The principal, special ed teacher, speech theripist(sp) and a few para pros and yet I feel like I'm the only one who pays attention to her actions.

Firebird - posted on 06/12/2012

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Is she the only kindergarten teacher in that town? When you have meetings with this teacher, does the principal attend? If not, you should definitely bring her attitude to his/her attention.

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