Ok, just had to get this out. My daughter just started Kindergarden, this is her second week of school. First day of school went great, she was excited to go and teacher wrote in her agenda, had a great day with a big smilie face. She was fine for the first two or three days of school, then she comes home with a note saying she had an accident in class. Since it was the same day as parent teacher night, I figured I'd ask the teacher what was up. Go to parent teacher night, listen to the Principal for 20 mins talking about attendence was low last year, try not to miss any school. Also kept talking about test scores and they need to be improved on, and what got me the most was they wanted parents to adopt a classroom, for $200 to buy supplies for the classes. What was all the stuff I sent with my daughter for school! She also talked that they wanted volunteers (parents) to help out in the classrooms, but we couldn't help in our childs class, parents aren't even allowed to observe their childs class anymore! The last point really got me, we are no longer allowed to bring cupcakes into the school for your childs birthday. They are considered an unhealthy and the school will get in trouble if they serve them to the students. BUT, they serve pudding and icecream in the lunchroom, and there is vending machines full of snacks. Finally get to go talk to the teacher, but we are told that it is going to be a 20 min session and then we have to leave! Get to the classroom, wait to talk to the teacher and finally get to talk to her. And all she says is that my daughter is very quiet, needs to talk more and tell the teacher when she wants to use the restroom. Also complains that my daughter doesn't know what "criss cross applesauce" is, I didn't know what that was, just to find out it means to sit indian style. Then she just walks away to talk to another parent, apprently our 2 mins were up. At this point I'm a little upset, and really starting to doubt this school. Then this week my daughter has two more accidents in school, teacher just writes ACCIDENTS , nothing else. My daughter also forgot her homework book (I still can't believe that Kindergardeners have homework). We knew what the homework was so we did it on a seperate sheet of paper so that she had it done. Get a note the next day saying that her homework wasn't complete, since it wan't in the notebook! Getting more furious everyday! Then yesterday took the cake. I get a phone call from the school, from her teacher saying that my daughter is just sitting in her chair not saying a word. She said she came in sat at her desk and now won't move or talk to anyone. And get this, the teacher then wants me to talk to my daughter over the phone and tell her to do her work! What am I suppose to do from home! My grandmother was a teacher for 40 years and NEVER did this. The teacher then stated that she would just send the days work with her home so I could work on it with her. At this point I went to go pick up my daughter, what was the point of just letting her sit in class so I could teach her at home later. I get to the school and asked to take my daughter home. They told me to sit and wait. I waited 20 mins before I see this little old lady in the hallway walking up with my daughter asking if anyone has seen her mommy! I jump up and go to my daughter, the lady said she found her wondering the hallways looking for me. Apprently they just told my daughter to go to the office, no one to walk with her to show her the way. This is only the second week of school and her classroom is on the other side of the building! At this point I am furious I call my DH and tell him what had just happened. Plus to make matters worse my daughter will not talk to me, she looks scared to death! I have no idea what happened in school to make her this way. My DH then calls the school for a parent teacher conference, he gets a call at the end of the day from her teacher saying they can just talk over the phone. And all she tells him is that she came into class happy and then wouldn't talk to anyone once she got to her seat. That is it and no in person conference. Am I wrong at this point wanting to homeschool my daughter? I feel that they are moving way to fast on teaching, each day they learn a new letter (already half way through the alphabet), she wants them to write rhyming words and she hasn't even learned the whole alphabet yet! They are teaching them how to write on college rule paper, what ever happened to the giant spaced paper with the two lines and the dotted line in the middle to get the idea of how each letter is spaced! I just feel they are just going to move forward, even if the students dont' get it! They don't even teach phonics anymore, how are they going to read? Sorry I just had to get this all out it is really bugging me! Especially my daughter is really willing to learn and loves to learn. Her and her daddy love sitting down and just writing letters together. She loves puzzles and things that really make her think and she wants to know how everything works. Since starting school she has become very shy and hesitant about learning anything new. I just miss my bold little girl.