DS is 6. He attends a small, wonderful magnet school. In the same building is a program for elementary students new to the country who are learning English--I *think* what it is, is when they first come and don't know a word, they attend this program part-day and a regular classroom in their neighborhood part-day.
Well, my son came home from school today and told me he thought he was going to get kicked out of his school and have to go to "the other school" if the other kids found out he goes to Islamic class on the weekends. :( He also made a comment the other day that "kids who don't take a bath have to go to the other school."
I emailed the teacher about the first comment, no response...which is weird, I've always gotten something even if it's a thanks I'll look into it.
Today I sent another email stating exactly what he said and that I am very concerned about this fear and where it's coming from.
I asked him who told him that, and he said nobody, he just thinks it.
We did talk a little about some other kids in his class who we know have obvious different things about their families...yet, they all go to his class...and how the other school is for kids who don't know English, so nobody is going to send him there.
Thoughts?! It's always just been a fact of life at our house that people come in different colors, come from different parts of the world, etc. etc. We've not really discussed much about religion, except that we are Muslim so we don't eat pork, we don't do Christmas, we do Ramadan....the natural stuff kids ask about.