My name is Maria, I am a mom to ***** - we were in your class Friday morning 9:00-10:30 for ***** first school visit.
You asked that if I have any questions, to e-mail you.
I have to admit that I walked away from school on Friday morning feeling very concerned. I expected year 0, essentially an "intake year" where kids come from preschools and adjust to school life, to be much more laid-back and playful than what I saw in your class. I witnessed kids being put (at great speeds!) from one assignment to another, a lot of it quick repetition, teacher talking very fast. I told the RTLB about my concerns and she, too, was surprised to see the class run in such a manner.
RTLB suggested it may have to do with Accelerated Learning which ***** School is apparently part of. Please tell me more about it. Was this some sort of a "special" Friday session? Was it meant to be some sort of an "intensive" hour and a half of solidifying at a great pace, material you've covered earlier in the week at a more leisurely manner?
Or is this a standard approach to your class?
If this is your standard approach, please explain to me the reasoning behind it, and how Accelerated Learning comes into this equation.
I am concerned because to me it looked like something which was leaving several children way behind because they were not capable of working in such a manner. I do not expect (or want!) children who come from preschool to be immediately put into an environment where they are having to spell out sentences, and work at such a fast pace, moving from assignment to assignment and when they are not fast enough to keep up, essentially losing the opportunity to finish what they are doing because the class has already moved on to the next thing.
Please write to me about what you are doing, and why you are doing it.