I enrolled my (then) 3yo DS in kindergarten early at the school where I work because sadly enough, Catholic School is cheaper than day care. I couldn't afford it and every babysitter I found him was just not good enough (not ever DH did the job right when he got laid off--wearing PJs all day and munching on Cheetos is NOT quality care). This is considered an "exposure year" and he'll do it all again next year. I teach first grade, and I find the early enrollees come out really benefiting from the extra year.
I get daily updates from his teacher about his progress. She said he behaves well and participates, sometimes better than the 5 year olds in his class. At home, he does a great job on his homework. She did say that sometimes he didn't finish his work and for that I made him very sorry--no TV, no video games. But then I got his classwork. This isn't just a couple unfinished pages; there are whole sections of his reading pages where he didn't trace any letters or just scribbled on the pictures. His grade even dropped.
This may make me sound like a WITCH but I am mad. I KNOW he can do this. He does it at home perfectly. He says "No, Mommy, don't help me!" But in class he's just sitting there apparently. According to his teacher, he is well mannered and well behaved so it's not like he's hanging from the rafters. I even sneak in and see him sitting quietly, supposedly doing his work. The teacher and DH keep telling me not to worry; he'll do it all again next year. But I don't like the idea of my kid not even making an effort in class.
Am I being too hard on my DS, considering that just a couple months ago, he was peeing his pants and couldn't hold a pencil?