Thursday, September 29, 2011

The Switch.

It's only been a few weeks since Arianna started Kindergarten and we've already had to deal with a few hiccups along the way. First was the never-ending crying game, which I learned was easily solved with ice-cream (thank gawd).  Then came the dread parent/teacher conference which I thought was going to be over the slight disagreement her teacher and I had over a pencil box. (It's a long story--but in short, her teacher put her on a "warning" because she forgot to put her pencil box away and I didn't think it was merited, so she and I went back and forth on the issue for a bit.)  But ultimately the conference went a lot better than I expected because she just called me in to tell me things that I already knew--like that my daughter is shy/quiet/takes a while to warm up to people..yada, yada, yada.

But then I got a letter in her backpack saying that she was being switched to another class due to the high number of students in Kindergarten.  All the Kindergarten classes in the school were above the student/teacher ratio, and needed to be fixed right away, so students were chosen to start a new class, and of course my daughter just had to be one of them.

Two things popped in my head as I read the letter. One was great, She FINALLY just got used this class and now they're going to move her--which I feared would just lead to another breakdown. Second, was that maybe the teacher had volunteered to move Arianna because she didn't want to deal with her--or worse, ME.

As I worried about how the news could affect my daughter, I called the principal and expressed my concerns about all the changes she's had recently (including one I'll talk about at a later time), but she reassured me that this particular teacher they were bringing in was wonderful, and that my daughter would be fine, so I let it go... and let me tell you, it was the best thing I could have done for her.

She was absolutely right. This new teacher has lit a spark in my daughter and I couldn't be happier!! She just loves her new teacher and talks about how much fun they have in class, and I love her because she's so easily accessible to the parents and goes out her way to make sure you know what's going on, and make you feel that your child is well taken care of at school.

Not to talk bad about her other teacher, but maybe she shouldn't be teaching kindergarten. Really, I don't get why she has so many issues with her students. Look, I'm far from saying that my daughter is perfect, because she's not--I know that. But how is it that I never got these "bad reports" from her Pre-K teacher (whom my daughter adored by the way), and this new teacher, who says my daughter is nothing but "great" in her class! Maybe it's not the kids, maybe it's her.

Either way, I couldn't be happier with the switch!
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