How sad is it that on NHL’s 13th day of school we likely threw in the towel?
Yes, you read that right. Yesterday I talked with one of his providers who has seen the rigid and ridiculous expectations in this classroom. Not only for a 4 year old in PreK, but even for children in kindergarten a year older. She feels that the clearly angry behavior seen recently from NHL may be since he is frustrated in this classroom. According to her he’s overwhelmed with the extreme number of rules and protocol for each Montessori activity. There are usually 15+ sets of specific instructions with no wiggle room. All he hears all day is his name and being corrected about something – NEVER any positive reinforcement.
Yuck, no wonder yesterday morning he said he was sick and asked to stay home. I kid you not, my 4 year old son uttered those words to us on his 13th day of school. I never expected to hear those words until he was a lot older.
So we are looking at options and calling a meeting with his 3 providers and NOT the school now. I did tell his teacher I think we’re done soon and that I had had it. He’s acting out for a reason and I don’t want him to get a negative attitude about education. Clearly what NHL needs is a typical classroom where the teacher models things and less craziness is going on in the room. According to his occupationoal therapist he does amazing ay circle time where he interacts like you would in a regular classroom and he gets positive feedback.
More updates coming as we investigate all of our options.