My ds1 is in a preschool program. His birthday is September 22 and our state's cut off date is September 30. We decided to have him attend preschool this year to see if he would be ready for kindergarten next year. (We are leaning towards no.)
The problem is I'm not sure if the preschool program he is in is right for him. They work on handwriting by sitting down and practicing writing the letters on a worksheet. My son is an energetic kid, one of the youngest in the class and seems to be a lefty to boot! I don't think the worksheet approach is working for him. His worksheets often comes home with "very teacher directed" written on them. That is the main communication I get from his teacher. I probably should have addressed it with her right alway but didn't. In January, we emailed a bit as I wanted to hear her recommendation for preschool or kindergarten. (I chose to use email rather than meet in person because I had a lot going on emotionally.) She recommended another year of preschool since he is socially immature, doesn't recognize letters or know many colors and shapes. The colors and shapes surprise me since he seems to know basic shapes with me and knows basic colors although he mixes up pink and purple sometimes. He was supposed to tell the teacher his address and although he knew it cold, it took him a week to tell it to her. It seems they do not connect.
I am struggling because I want him to feel successful in preschool. I think about pulling him out since he seems to get so little from it. I also wonder if the teacher could possibly try something else with him but I know that the class is 11 kids with 2 adults and could easily be chaotic. The school has another class at the same time although I don't know if that class has space. I also don't know how he would feel about being moved.
Thoughts? With this being my first in school, I feel a bit lost.