Each day, my daughter brings home a book of her choice from school to read at home. Yesterday, it happened to be a religious one. I am not really okay with that, but for some reason I'm torn on speaking up. Would you let it slide, and see if it happened again? Or would you talk to the teacher about it?
DD did not realize it was a religious book, she liked the bears on the cover.
Whether or not the book coincides with our family's religion doesn't matter. We talk about religion at a time of our choosing, in our own way, I don't like to have it sprung on me with a book from school. I know for a fact that her classroom includes Christian, Jewish, Hindu, and atheist families. A religious book does not belong in school, period, at this grade level. Maybe in later grades, as part of a "cultural studies" unit, and in conjunction with books about many religions. But not in a K book box.
This is a charter school, and from my understanding there should be equal adherence to the separation of church and state.
The book in question is a picture book version of the lyrics to the Rise and Shine song. As in "Rise and shine, and give god the glory, glory....children of the Lord."
The book was obviously a donation at some point, it had a bookplate in it that is not the teacher's. This is also not a teacher I would suspect of sneaking religious material into the classroom, far from it. It is possible that the book came in and she did not realize the religious aspect of it (except that there is a huge Psalms verse on the back).
I'm leaning towards casually mentioning it to the teacher, but what do you think?
ETA: Here is a link to the book on Amazon, which has the Look Inside option.