What type of school is best for your child? Is there really a difference other than a name and a price? Charter,public, private or magnet schools…. is it the teacher or the type of school?
I am a new mom to this school thing. And this thing called Kindergarten, was not really a good eye-opening experience for me. I tried making everything easy by putting Jaden into a preschool. He did very good, I started him in 2009 when we lived in Ohio for a couple of months. And then with all of the craziness of moving back to Vegas, getting kicked out of another rental foreclosure, new premature baby, buying a house, moving, changing preschools 2 more times. I thought that staying in 1 kindergarten class should be an easy transition for MY CHILD!
Jaden only lasted about 3 wks in his first class. The first wk, he went to class like a champ, but every night when he came home he would say “my teacher don’t like me” what do you mean your teacher don’t like you? I confronted her to make sure that we are on the same level, and so that maybe she could build a better understanding of Jaden if I tried to explain his learning…. she basically blew me off and said that he was one of the older kids in the classroom, and that there are too many kids…
My thoughts on too many kids??? It is not my child’s problem that there are about 35 kids per teacher. It is not my childs problem that some parents don’t speak english. It is not my childs problem that he is 6 years old, in kindergarten and bored during his 2 hour class. It is your problem as a teacher to teach, it is up to you to communicate with the parents if you need to know more about each child to help them learn or to get their interest. Needless to say, I did talk to her a few times, and each time she said that he was old enough to sit with his arm in the air for however long it took her to get to him when he was done with his project and that he should be able to make the sound of the letter that they were working on till she got there. Ok…. a 6-year-old sitting for maybe 4 minutes with his arm in the air making a mmmmm sound till she gets there???? really!!! NOT MY KID… HE WILL FIND SOMETHING ELSE TO DO IN ABOUT 1 MINUTE!
We did get him moved over to another class with a different teacher. This teacher has been great for Jaden. She does not allow slack time, she says the kids are there for 2 1/2 hours, and that they can play at home. They sing, they go to art class, music, do their numbers and their letters. I am not saying that my Jaden is an Angel, because he is not. However we have still had some normal kid issues and not normal really bad 1 time issue at the start of her teaching him. But she worked through it with us and him. He is held accountable for his actions in class. She says that he is a great helper, and that she loves that he tries. He is behind in a lot of things according to the testing, but with meeting one on one with the teacher, she is telling us that the criteria is so high these days. That kids need more one on one teaching. That the classes are so large it is so hard to cram all the learning into the 2 hours.
Believe I do understand that 36 children being in Jaden’s class is a VERY LARGE class of kindergartens. However not that I am going to be different from any other parent… I want my child to learn, that is why I send him to school. I don’t think that schools should be a total playground, I think it should be a learning ground!
I have sent in a letter of interest to a charter school. Sean and I being on a military budget, can not really afford a private school. And I am totally worried about his level of education. I don’t really believe that every child is meant to go to college, or have a high-end job. I do believe that you should however be given the same education at the start so that if you want to take or have the ability for either. So what is the real answer, what is best for our children?
I really hope that I can get Jaden into this charter school, it from what I understand is going to have smaller classes. stricter rules, more accountability, and higher level of education. From everything I have heard about people leaving this area and moving out-of-state… their children did very well in school here, and then when they move to a different state, the grades stink and they are way behind on the level of education that they should be at. I don’t want to face that. Sean will be retiring within the next couple of years and we will be making what I hope to be our last move. I do not want Jaden to struggle. I think if he can start out strong and exceed here, that he will have a far better chance of being at least even with another area. And I am understanding that a charter school will give him the best of everything.
So am I putting too much hope in a charter school? Or should I quit worrying about the school, and be more focused on the teacher, class and style of teaching? I want a teacher that will not be afraid to confront me as a parent and tell me where we need to work a lot harder. I am totally open to helping educate my child, but the truth is….. I don’t know what all he should really be learning at each step of the way….I don’t want to be the failing point of his education either.
So which school have you chosen and why? Have you learned anything that you want to share with me, to help me make a good decision? I did fill out an update form today. The charter school that I have been talking about will be new for the 2011-2012 school year, so all new teachers and everything!
Let me know your concerns with each, if you have some!