Kiddo#3 got moved to a red frog because: He refused to follow directions and complete his assignment, kicking the table and yelling.
Dear Mrs. KindergartenTeacher:
Kiddo#3 has negative feelings about his red frog, as you can see from the way he ripped it up.
Kiddo#3 said the situation unfolded this way: he was at a “center” doing the workbook for the letter U and wasn’t sure what to do because it was different from the books they’ve done for the other letters. “It had lines,” he said. He wasn’t sure what to put on the lines after coloring the pictures and circling the letter U.
He says he asked Mrs. Paraprofessional for help, “and she told me I had to do it myself.”
He says that is when he started kicking the table leg. I’m not clear when he started yelling.
Kiddo#3 says he does not know where you find a unicorn (neither do I, by the way — please let me know so I can go there!) and he did not know where to find an umbrella, which would be true in our household because we very rarely use them.
I’m at a loss for how to help Kiddo#3 avoid similar incidents in the future, since I would have told him to ask for help when he doesn’t understand an assignment, and Kiddo#3 believes Mrs. Paraprofessional refused to explain the assignment.
He did not refuse to do the work. He just didn’t know how.
What should we tell him to help him cope with similar problems in the future?
PS: I’m not including this on the letter, but what the heck kind of stupid assignment is “Where do you find a unicorn?” Any kid who knows what a unicorn is will also know that they don’t exist, and I don’t expect a five-year-old to be able to write “In my imagination.”
This child is always willing to do his school work, but if he can’t do it because he doesn’t understand it, he gets frustrated. As would any adult. I think it would have been a perfectly reasonable accommodation to my son if Mrs. Paraprofessional had said, “Oh, this line says Where do you find a unicorn? and it doesn’t matter what you write because there is no correct answer because it’s a stupid question.”
When a five year old tells you he can’t read the question and you tell him he has to decipher it anyhow, then why bother teaching him at all? Why not just hand the kids each a copy of Moby Dick and tell them to figure it out for themselves?
In short, YOU set up this situation yourselves, and although I think I said it nicely, my takeaway is that you created no way out for my son, and he tried to create his own way out.
Thank you for your time. I’d love to get a letter back.