Friday, September 30, 2011

Preschools Without Structure...

If I am paying hundreds of dollars a month for a preschool my child goes to two-three times a week for a few hours I want them to learn, have fun, listen and behave. I mean that's me you might disagree but what else would you want from school?

I know this preschool that ha no structure what so ever. Basically the kids run around all day doing whatever they want. Now this is a conversation between a mom and a teacher I heard.
Mom "Oh this is a beautiful story book and drawing it go with it!" Teacher "oh Micheal didn't want to listen to the story so I just let him go and play with the blocks."
Ok so the kid drew a picture, where mind you he is 4, of a brown scribble. Like took his anger out on a crayon scribble. Ok some 4 year olds are not artist of course but even Alora who hates to paint, color anything crafty will do what she is told and attempt something. Clearly this kid was give a paper and crayon and that's it.

This kid was allowed to do whatever he wanted while the entire class was listening to a story. So that was when I was dropping a kid off. So I stayed to observe the things going on in the class room. It was chaos! No structure nothing. I later had a chat with the teacher where I asked her what the day was like and what the children were allowed to do. Basically her response was.
Well we have a schedule see it here but they are allowed to explore anything they want and are never made to do anything on this schedule. ARE YOU F'in SERIOUS?!
I believe even at the age of 3-4 a child should sit for story time, be at the table during snack time, listen and get ready to go outside with their class. What is this crazy Crap?
Am I being to strict? I don't think so I mean come on don't you make your child do stuff at home? My children, husband and I are at the table eating together! This gets me steaming! So basically these kids have no structure and when they come home are off the wall and don't think they have to listen. Like I heard another mom say "Well Sally here will be running the show in no time if they handle a class this way." She was the only mom who thought the way I do apparently! God I hate snobby people who just let their kids run ragged...

What are your thoughts on this?

And I just want to put out there this is not our preschool! We love the structure of our preschool and the trouble they are in when they don't listen! A firm hand is welcome and needed in some cases! (and no not spanking people.)

Denise McDonuts... Or Simply The Master Mind


Anonymous said...


I am totally right there with you. I don't have children but I teach both preschool 3's and 4's and they are expected to follow directions and participate in class (I teach music).

Even when I taught 2 year olds in Sunday School, they were expected to listen to the bible story and sit down at the table for snack.

Thank you for being a parent who expects the best for and from their child.


Plum said...

I have a daycare at my house, and we are VERY structured. Learning time, art time, music time, etc. There aren't any other teachers here with me, and I have 4 two year olds. Most of the time, they all sit quietly and do the planned activity. I do have one little boy who will occasionally decide that he is just going to be a little toot. When he does that, one of two things happen: he either causes the others to act up, and distracts them, or I let him go play alone, usually the latter. But, that doesn't happen often. I agree with you completely though. I could understand if it was a once in awhile type of thing, but every day? No way! My mom's pay me good money to not only babysit, but also to be a second Mama to them, help teach them, etc. I would expect that of a daycare center as well.

Angie said...

Hi. I totally agree with you. I'm a new follower from blog hop.

Life Unexpected: Adventures of a SAHM said...

When I worked as a preschool teacher we weren't ALLOWED to make a child sit for circle, art. etc. We had to allow them to make the choice to do something else. All of the agencies we were accredited through required that the children be allowed to chose how involved they were. I personally think it's a bunch of crap. I can't tell my boss that I've decided I don't want to do paperwork today instead I'm going to go decorate my office. Sorry but life doesn't work that way.

Denise McDonough said...

THANK YOU! You are totally right! I would DIE if i worked in this place! I am sure i know part of the reason you left! errrrr makes me so mad!

And thanks ladies for your support! ugh wish me luck when i go back there tomorrow! lol

Susan said...

I sure as heck wouldn't be sending my kid there. Glad you have a good preschool for your child. That blows my mind!
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