March 24, 2009 ChloeMommy wrote
"I am hoping that with a smaller group the teacher will be able to monitor more of what is going on between children... I don't like the behaviors I have monitored over the past few days of dropping my daughter off at school, and no one says a word to them... "
This reply is a bit late, so i don't know if you have already moved your daughter. I just came across this post. In any case I wanted to add that I am not sure that your only choice is the preschool she is in or the family daycare she was going to before. Perhaps the answer is a different, better preschool in your area. My daughter attended a daycare/preschool center from 4 mos until almost her 4th birthday. When I noticed that her class this year had a really negative atmosphere where the kids were supposed to be silent until circle time, and it seemed so discouraging to be there, I had to look for somewhere else. Also, I too noticed that the teachers seemed to walk around with angry all the time. Who wants to be in an environment like that all day?
So, about 3 weeks ago, just prior to her 4th birthday I searched for a different, better preschool setting and found one. it is more expensive, and actually grandmom is chipping in, but the results are so worth it. This school is bright and cheery. The kids and the teachers are all happy every time we come in. The kids are taught an actual curriculum based on our State's board of education's guidelines for early education which point to what kids should know by kindergarten. with lots of fun activities to reinforce the lessons. At her old daycare/preschool, the kids had very minimal variety in activities -- sometimes only blank paper and a couple of crayons. I am certain the kids were bored out of their minds! Oh, and they watched a movie almost daily.
Sorry for the long post, I am just happy to have found a really good daycare/preschool.