My ds goes to a local co-op preschool two mornings a week. He started in June and loves it, but I'm starting to have serious doubts.
Since it's a co-op, parents must participate in the classroom on a regular basis, along with other duties around the school to keep it running smoothly.
The last two times that I've participated the class has been an absolute nut house! Kids screaming/crying throughout the morning...kids not listening/running around the classroom...just completely out of control. There is one teacher, a teacher's aid and two parent helpers in each class. There are 15 kids. After helping in the class I'm completely worn out and so is ds.
The atmosphere is just very stressful and on edge. The kids are constantly telling on each other and it just seems things are centered around correcting/discipline instead of just having fun. Also, the discipline obviously isn't working.
Over the summer the class was entirely different. Very laid back and happy and peaceful. The fall semester brought about 3 new kids who seem to consistently need correcting and guidance. It's just such a bummer because it's making the whole experience go bad. One child was even violent towards another kid with a toy knife and I stepped in right away to intervene. The teacher came over and just took the knife away...didn't really talk to the kids about what was going on or how that's completely unacceptable.
The class ranges in age from 2.5 to 4. Ds is one of the oldest.
I'm seeing ds mimic a lot of the bad behaviors at home and I keep thinking "I'm paying for my ds to learn these things?!"
After each time that I've participated and it's been crazy like this I've talked with the teacher about it to see how she feels and she has just dismissed it as being "one of those days", and that usually it isn't "so crazy". I have my doubts though because of the way I see my ds act after he's been in school.
I don't know. This is the only preschool in town that I can afford and ds really insists that he loves it. He begs to go every morning! Should I just ride it out and see if things get better or should I try talking to the teacher some more about what's going on in the classroom?
Any advice would be greatly appreciated!!