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Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Out of the Box

The two big boys tried out a preschool this morning. As I was filling out all the paperwork that they insisted they must have, even though I insisted I wasn't sure if I was going to enroll the boys there, I noticed their list of do's and do not's.

It had to do with their discipline policy and had 10-12 items on the do list and about as many on the do not list.

Seemed like normal stuff, though two items stuck out to me.

We DO NOT spank, shake, bite, pinch, push, pull, slap, or otherwise physically punish the children.

I'm glad to hear that. But, that's a direct quote. It just seems like there is a less violent way to put it.

The second gem:

We DO NOT place the children in locked rooms, closets, or boxes as punishment.

Should I be worried that other schools do not specifically state that they DO NOT place my kids in boxes?

As far as the preschool itself, I DO NOT think it is where the boys will be going.

I spoke with the director at considerable length of my concerns about finding a place that is right for Bear. That he has some issues that I know are challenging and I need to know that a school can work with him before enrolling my boys. That Monkey can hold his own wherever, as long as it is a quality school, there isn't a concern about him.

But, at pick up time, what did I hear about Bear?

Direct quote here- she didn't even use his name:

"The little one would not listen. At. All. "

That's it.

Then, she proceeded to rave about Monkey's "impressive cognitive abilities. "

Not that it isn't nice to hear, but it's like she did NOT listen to me at all.

So, I DO NOT think that this is the school for them.

There's another preschool right down the street from them where Bear can start in the 2s room and transition to the 3s. There are music classes that they participate in at the arts school next door, too, which my musical Bear will love. It's also much more structured, which will help him AND Monkey will love that.

Though, maybe I should ask if they will put my boys in boxes if they are bad...



Blogger MommyLovesStilettos said...

Finding a preschool is so difficult. I'm looking for one now for my son and it's stressing me out!

November 10, 2009 at 9:04 AM  
Blogger Lisa said...

My kids never went to preschool. If I had one now it would but then I kept them at home. It sounds skeery finding a preschool!

November 10, 2009 at 10:02 AM  
Blogger Poolside with the Girls said...

Never hurts to ask...but who would even think of that????? Wow. That's quite a list. Makes me nervouse that they felt the need to write it all down. We will not bite? Who would???

November 10, 2009 at 10:15 AM  
Blogger MommyLisa said...

UGH. Some people should NOT be in charge of children.

November 10, 2009 at 10:50 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

seriously...are there schools were the teachers punish the kids by bites, pinches and slaps, and then to top it all off, lock them in a box???

November 10, 2009 at 1:46 PM  
Blogger Liz Mays said...

Oooo, that would make me uncomfortable too. Go with your gut and make a switch.

November 10, 2009 at 4:07 PM  
Blogger Foursons said...

Hahaha- that is really strange. It's so hard to find the right place for our kiddos. I'm not thrilled with Nolan's preschool at this point, but he is happy and is learning so I'm not nit-picking at this point.

November 10, 2009 at 8:52 PM  
Blogger Tracie said...

It makes you wonder exactly WHY they had to put those things in the policy, doesn't it? (Put them in boxes? That hasn't even crossed my mind with these wild men!)

Good luck!

November 10, 2009 at 9:57 PM  

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