kindergarten Help

big_mommaNovember 2, 2007

My son recently started kindergarten and he loved it when he first started. He had two great teachers in his class. One of the teachers (his favorite) took a new position in a different class and was replaced by a new teacher. Now he doesn't like the new teacher and he doesn't like going to school. What should I do?

Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
donnar57

Change is difficult for the little ones. Give him time. He'll adjust to the new teacher and maybe even love that one all the more. You might try reminding him about his friends, the other teacher that he likes, and that he didn't know that teacher before and now he does.

DonnaR/CA

    Bookmark   November 3, 2007 at 12:20PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
mboston_gw

I taught kindergarten for 22 years. Several times we had overcrowded classes and some children had to be moved to an added on class, sometimes we lost a teacher and the children had to be split and sent to those remaining. Twice I was the "added on" new unit and believe me, it was hard for everyone especially when the parents didn't want their kids moved. I had to work especially hard to "make them mine" and have them bond with me. Make sure you aren't sending anxious feelings about the new teacher to him.

I would suggest you might go talk to the new teacher. The important thing to say to her is that your son is having a difficult time since he bonded with the teacher that left but that it is no reflection on her personally or her teaching (assume this unless your child can give you some specific things that the new teacher might have done).
All it might take is for the new teacher to make your son feel more secure, give him an extra smile or hug, something that will let him know that she notices him. It would probably be better for her not to approach him and ask why he isn't happy with her or wanting to go to school. If she is a new teacher, she also might just be overwhelmed with starting to teach and may not realize that some littles ones need that extra security.

I would also talk to your son, let him know that every teacher is different but that each has her own way of doing things and just because it may be different than the other teacher, doesn't mean it wrong. Maybe he can take her some flowers (both teachers in the class) or maybe
help him find something a little special for her that he thinks she would like. (I collected butterfly stuff and I was always gettings knick knacks from the kids.)

Hope this helps. Let me know.

    Bookmark   November 3, 2007 at 4:38PM
Sign Up to comment
More Discussions
Single sex classes- your opinion
Do you think single sex classes improve students grades.....
lil_lillian
Open House - 'No Show' teachers
I went to my son's high school open house this week,...
whazzup
private vs public school education
I am responding to the discussion group regarding the...
walter snow
Does anyone know how homeschooled kids get admitted to college?
My niece was in private school, then public, then homeschooled,...
sue36
Institute of Reading Development
I am looking into summer reading programs for my son....
Loretta NJ Z6
Sponsored Products
Learning Resources Pretend & Play Cooking Set - LER9155
$22.99 | Hayneedle
Athena Kimberly 3 in 1 Convertible Crib and Changer Combo - Cherry - 516C
$349.99 | Hayneedle
Petite Prince Hand Painted Kids Table And Chair Set
Classic Hostess
Learning Resources Pretend & Play Ice Cream Shop - LER9077
$34.99 | Hayneedle
Learning Resources Pretend & Play Snack Shop - LER2659
$39.99 | Hayneedle
Learning Resources tri-FACTa Addition & Subtraction Game - LER3038
$22.99 | Hayneedle
Learning Resources Goodie Games Color Cookies - LER1182
$22.99 | Hayneedle
Moooi | Paper Floor Lamp
YLighting
© 2015 Houzz Inc. Houzz® The new way to design your home™