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Old 01.06.2016, 17:44
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Speak to KG teacher or see what happens? (long)

My son is currently in KG, with, quite frankly, an awful teacher. We knew he was unhappy, but not quite how bad it was until he injured himself so I wouldn't make him go in one morning. We have just found out that rather than be put in the parallel class, my daughter will have to go to the same teacher.

Would it be reasonable for me to request a meeting with the teacher before my daughter starts to request the following points, or is it better to wait until she has started?

We ask for an acknowledgement that school language is my child’s third language and that following advice from speech therapists (including the one my son has seen at the school’s request), paediatrician, the website of the Kanton BE Schulamt, a friend who is a kindergarten teacher and two who teach at secondary level, that my husband and I shall continue to speak to our children in our native languages.

It has been suggested several times that I stop speaking english (my husband French) to our children and speak the German, which I can get by in, but in which I am no means fluent.

Following on from the previous point, that she will from time to time ask my daughter if she understands what she has been asked to do.
I discovered that teacher had never asked my son because we hadn't given her permission to treat him differently to the other children. That she has 17 other children in the class and can’t be explaining several times what she has asked the children to do. She gives her instructions only once.

Respect for differences in cultural celebrations. She basically informed my son he wouldn't be getting any presents from Santa, cue one very, very upset child.

Linked to this that she will listen to answers given and think before telling the child that they are wrong. Secondly not to put our child in a situation where she is continually pushed for the desired answer until all the other children laugh at her.
When I visited KG she repeatedly asked him the same question over and over again, each time telling him he was wrong until all the other children laughed at him. His answer was, in fact, correct. I am still kicking myself I didn't correct her at the time, but I didn't want to call her out on her mistake in front of the rest of the class. The last time.

We ask that our child is not taught to disrespect either cultural or physical differences of other races.
They are taught by the teacher to pull their eyes into slits whilst singing in chinese.

We ask that our daughter, unlike our son, will receive the same rewards as the other children.

Other children get stickers for their chart each time they do an activity and some had 4-5 for each activity. My son had only one on the entire wall because “there is no point giving him more than one as he does the same activity over and over again”. The next time I spoke it wasn't her giving the stickers, it was the responsibility of the child to take them. The next time I spoke to her it wasn't the responsibility of the child to take the sticker but to ask her for one. The next time I spoke to her it was because he didn't recognise his name on the list. This is not true.

We ask that we will be notified as soon as an problems arise, not that the are hidden from us until parents evening. I only found out all this because I visited KG for his birthday party.

I am reluctant to ask for a quick word at the door because I did this about helping my son learn to write his name. It was only a year later I found out they were not doing it because I hadn't said it at an Elterngespräch. I don't know the best way forwards. Say nothing and risk my daughter having an awful start to KG (she has only negative experiences so far, sees that my son hates it, was very upset when he hurt himself). Say something and risk that she is off with my daughter right from the start. What is the 'done thing' over here?
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