How can you take educational matters into your own hands? Read on!
Free-Range Kids: Remember this post?We just sent our 2nd grader to public school for the first time and she came home with a reading log to be signed each day as well as signing that she practiced her spelling words..We talked about it and decided to send the note to the teacher – almost word for word what was listed in the post including that we would be happy to have her sign her own paper..Today the teacher called to say that would be fine. Hooray!
That is so satisfying! And for those of you who don’t want to click, here is the note you might want to try, too! It was written by early childhood writer/speaker/wise woman Heather Shumaker, author of It’s OK Not to Share and It’s OK to Go Up the Slide:
If parent signatures bother you, try explaining your concerns to the teacher. This got our family out of signatures successfully for many years..“We’re involved. Trust us. We’ll read his daily planner. Signing it goes against the values of responsibility we’re trying to instill in our family.”.Some teachers even stop insisting on signatures for the whole class when one family speaks up. If schools insist on a signature, suggest the right one. The child should be the one who signs her own reading log, not the adult.
Let us know how it goes! – L.