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Quote: Originally Posted by eclipse I think it's a horrible thing to do to little kids. Like, "We're going to teach the kids that it's wrong to hit each other, by letting half the class hit the other class! They'll learn a valuable lesson about violence and why it's wrong. And we'll say sorry when we're done!" Delaying a snack for 10 minutes or so for part of the class is on the same level as physical violence?
Well, I see a good thought process here. It's certainly a very concrete way to demonstrate how it feels to be excluded (since most Kindy people I know love snacks). I guess I would need to talk to the teacher more about how they'd handle discussion or what the discussion prompts were, to make sure it wasn't going to be a dumb superficial thing. (one of my pet peeves about civil rights history lessons is the dumbing down of Rosa Parks, who was an activist and civic...
Depends on the kid. For my daughter, if she truly needed to skip more than one grade, I'd probably pull her out and homeschooler--though I kind of have the opposite physical problem that most people worry about. She just turned eight, is already almost 5 feet tall, is developing, and seems likely to hit her period by age 11 (same as me). I already have a problem with adults assuming she is 10 or 11, so it's not that she wouldn't fit in physically with kids a year or two...
While it wouldn't hurt to investigate the teacher, I would also honestly say that this could be primarily originating from your daughter. Kindergarten is very different from first grade in most districts, in expectations of performance, work, and behavior. I don't know about your kindy, but in ours the kids never had assignments, never had homework except for an optional 5 minutes of reading at night (where they could fill out a form for prizes). They did a little...
If your youngest is not yet two, and you hope to adopt an older child, I'd gently ask you what's the rush? Could he have been looking into information on how to prepare for toddler/older child adoption, and see the very strong recommendation that birth order not be disrupted? Is he worried about overlap in ages? Does HE really like the baby stage and maybe he's not quite ready for the idea that he will never again hold a little baby in his arms as a Daddy? It sounds...
Quote: Originally Posted by Marcimama Sorry, my question was confusing. I meant, personally, do you think children in general shouldn't be adopted transracially, to spare them that pain? I am neutral on transracial adoption. Ideally, I think that children should have easy access to all of their communities. I think that too often people don't really think very well about what being a multicultural family entails (and this is not limited to...
Quote: Originally Posted by Marcimama Thanks! I think that was exactly what I was missing... it isn't a big deal to me, but it may be to my child. So how does one process that, if that is a possibility should a child be spared that struggle? Or should parent's just be sensitive to that? I'm not sure I understand what struggle you're talking about here, that you should spare your child from. You don't have control in that area, if it's your...
I've been on vacation, so I'm coming late to the party here. But, as a biracial (and one who easily passes for caucasian now, it was more evident that I was biracial when I was younger) adoptee adopted into a VERY white family, can I say that as much as some prospective and/or current adoptive parents might get annoyed about that whole race "thing", there are plenty of adoptees who get annoyed at that annoyance? I think sometimes there is a huge disconnect between...
Another vote for this being a problem that should have been addressed with the teacher. Unless the principal IS your child's PE teacher they won't know why or what went on. If you want to complain ABOUT the teacher, then the principal is probably a good bet. If you want to know WHY a grade dropped, they'll have no clue. The most they can do is talk to the teacher, and then relay that info to you, which they may not get right--so it's better to eliminate the...
Well, it doesn't hurt to ask. And probably you'll get more teachers willing to have you observe in a charter school (particularly if they have one of their core principals as parent involvement). But...you may not be able to be there whenever you want, depending on when the specialist times, if any, are. Depending on the laws you may need someone present with you at all times, unless you're willing to fill out the state patrol form and get that processed as a...
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