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A Big Thank You to My Youngest Son’s Nursery School Teacher
This fall when school started, my youngest son headed off to preschool at the same school where his older siblings attend school. Being very close to me emotionally, my youngest son is quiet and shy around many people yet engaging and fun when I’m near by. I talked to his preschool teacher about potential difficulties to make sure we would be on the same page when it came to my son.
The first month of school, my youngest son was fine. He seemed to enjoy preschool though it took him a little time to feel comfortable in the classroom.
The first Monday in October I headed off to a local conference for the day. My husband stayed home and took the kids to school. That was the last day we had an ordinary day of school. For the next 2 weeks, my youngest son would break down in the classroom when it was time to do seat work. At first, he stayed at school. The teacher and I went back and forth about ways to get my son back on track. Nothing worked. Then I started getting phone calls to come pick him up because he was disturbing the other kids with his crying.
Finally, when the preschool teacher suggested he should be observed by some one from the school district, I decided that I needed to pull my son out. I had him checked out for physical issues; we discovered he had stuff in his ears which we cleaned out. His pediatrician and I discussed my son and his school situation. The pediatrician told me that a heavy academic program is sometimes not a good fit for kids; he didn’t think there was anything wrong developmentally with my son.
I found a nursery school with a 3-afternoon per week program near by. I had a tough time getting my son to go, and I still do. However, the nursery school teacher was determined to keep working with my son. We started to see him open up and participate in school. He’s in a program focused more on play than academics. The teachers don’t yell. The class only has 13 kids compared to my son’s old preschool class of 30.
Because Mrs. Kessler with her 40 years of experience was so determined to work with my son, I am less apprehensive about his future schooling. I love seeing all the projects he does at school. I can tell he can spend time on his artwork and not rush through because of someone else’s schedule. Last week, my husband and I watched our youngest participate in the nursery school Christmas program. He was nervous, however, he sang all the songs, even standing up in front of the parents with 3 other kids to do one of the songs.
To see his excitement after the Christmas program was so heart-warming. Thank you Mrs. Kessler.
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