My poor Ben, the Second Grader, is so stressed at school. When he is stressed or pressured or uncomfortable, he sucks on his lips. He licks them incessantly causing a big red ring to form around his mouth. This ring gets all chapped and cracks and bleeds. It's so heart breaking to watch this! I bought him some Burt's Bees ointment to put on when that happens and he wears it religiously. He feels stressed when they have tests, which they do up to 3 times EVERY week. He feels stressed when he has to do speed work in math... this they do EVERY day. It's so hard for me to sit and watch this happening. He loves the social aspect of school, but I feel that homeschooling is going to be our next move, next year.
Logan hates Kindergarten because it "takes too long." He is in all day Kindergarten, something they went to last year in our school district. I decided to hold him back and send him this year as a 6 year old. It was the best decision that I've made in a long time. But still it's too long of a day for him. He is exhausted when he gets home. And then, since the time change they are so sad because they get home from school, in about an hour and a half it's dark out and then in another hour it's time to get ready for bed. They are feeling gypped in the playing department. They both look forward to Friday like a person who works in a cubicle all day, stuck in the daily grind, not seeing the big blue sky and the bright sun shine.
I'm just so sad for my little boys. School shouldn't be this hard. Not yet.
How do your kids like or dislike school? Is this a common thing that is going on around the country? Do you feel it has a lot to do with "No Child Left Behind"?
I would love to hear your thoughts on this as well!