Last week was Haru’s first week of kindergarten. For the most part, she seems to be enjoying. The good news is that she seems to have already picked up some new vocabulary. The bad news is that a lot of it seems to be from a foul mouthed little boy who sits next to her. My wife and I are trying to teach Haru that the words that she is using is not very lady like and that she should not use them any more, but she keeps saying ” but the boy who sits next to me uses them all the time”, to which I instructed her to tell him that he is being rude the next time he does it. I am not too keen on having to do remote controlled parenting through my daughter, especially for someone else’s child.
Another incident that occurred last week is that Haruka came home with a moderate sized gash on her right cheek. It very obviously looked like she was scratched by someone with very long nails. I immediately interrogated Haru for some answers on how she got the gash, but of course since she is only 3 years old, much of her story was inconsistent and and didn’t make too much sense. I did get that it was a boy, and the boy grabbed her cheek, but she didn’t want to say who or why that boy did it.
Kids being kids, I wasn’t too concerned too much as to who did what or why per se, I was more concerned as to why the teacher didn’t say anything to us about it. Even a simple note pinned to Haru’s uniform explaining what happened (like in the old days when kids were sent home for being bad) would have sufficed. Since the orientation meeting last week, I haven’t been too crazy about Haru’s teacher. She seemed to be too young, too inexperienced, and just lacked control of the kids in the classroom. I suspected that she she would lose control at one point or another, but didn’t expect it to happen this soon.
Having said all of this, Haru seems to like this teacher. She says that she’s nice, so I guess at her age that’s what’s most important. But I will definitely need to step in if Haru comes home with anymore unexplained gashes on her face. I am not trying to be an overprotective parent, and if Haru comes out and tells be that she fell or that it was in some way her own fault, I wouldn’t mind it so much. But an unexplained bleeding gash on her face, with no intervention or explanation from the teacher is not acceptable.