I went to my granddaughter’s class for grandparents day this past week. We had a great time. I have another little friend in my granddaughter’s room. The school is year-round and my granddaugher has changed schedules (tracks) this year. With all of the that, this little friend has been in her class every year since kindergarten (they are in 2nd grade this year). I was immediately drawn to this little guy in kindergarten because he was struggling with all the basic skills. I was a bit concerned when I asked the teacher about him. Her response was that he, “just didn’t know anything,” as she rolled her eyes. I took offense to how flippantly she dismissed the situation. I went back to my son’s home and told my daughter-in-law that I would love to live closer so that I could tutor this struggling boy in reading.
Not much has changed in two years. He was the only child in the class without a grandparent or parent with him last week. Of course, with my granddaughter’s permission, he became part of our family for the activity. We played bingo and I was distressed as my granddaughter read every word on the card and he could not decode even the simplest word.
I went home and looked at my schedule to see if I had 3 hours (travel time and tutor time) to devote several times a week to this child. Unfortunately, with supervising student teachers this year, I just can’t find that amount of time.
I feel the same distress I felt when one of my grandchildren had a very poor teacher a couple of years ago. It shouldn’t be this way. We must support the children while they are in these crucial early childhood years. I think I need a clone…or maybe several.