Preschool hasn't been all dandelions and butterflies. Luke has learned various negative behaviors (namely snatching, yelling, and physical aggression) from his time with 10 other two & three-year-olds. I thought maybe Luke was just going through a phase? But then we went to a birthday party for one of his classmates and I saw the negative behaviors in action. I saw the "spirited" kids snatching toys and yelling at my son, while he just stood there, without the language to respond appropriately. Sure, kids will be kids and they will snatch, yell and sometimes even hit when they don't get their way, but I expect firm and swift consequences for those actions so they can be stopped. and stopped quickly.
The educator in me has also struggled a great deal with the content of the classroom curriculum. Since day one I've tried to put my teacher arsenal on the back burner and remind myself that the content isn't important at this age. But you know what? IT IS. It's really important. Sure, I wasn't expecting Luke to learn his letter sounds and start reading sight words this year, but I did have high hopes that he would accomplish more than just unstructured free play everyday.
Then there's Luke's separation anxiety. The past 4-6 weeks he has cried and run after me nearly everyday at drop off. I understand that all children go through these phases, but there's nothing more heart crushing than seeing two teachers try to restrain your child from chasing you down the hall. On top of that, Luke has been telling me he doesn't want to go to school and doesn't like it.
So I'm doing something I never thought I'd do -
I'm pulling my precious son out of preschool &
I am going to (attempt to) homeschool.
Me. The public school teacher. The one who has harped on and on about the benefits of the classroom setting, daily peer interactions and the value of learning from others. Me, the one who thought homeschoolers were too protective, too conservative and too much afraid of the world around them. Me. I am now a homeschool Mom. And I'm excited. :)