I am a kindergarten/first grade teacher at a school with blended classes. If you have questions about what is appropriate - just ask! I love my job, and that is what you need to look for in a teacher. While all the upper grade teachers (we go to 8th grade) dress really nice - I wear jeans, shorts and t-shirts. I love playing on the playground - sitting on the floor and getting covered with paint. Kindergarten teachers should balance the rules with the fun. My school is considered brain-based, so if your child is looking out the window, we all look out the window. We are noisy, active learners - it is an ideal situation. AND WE ARE A PUBLIC SCHOOL! If you don't like the program where you are, there are alternatives, and not all of them cost an arm and a leg. And most importantly, don't push your kinder to learn just so they can be ahead. They'll have to do that sooner or later, leave it for later. Kindergarten is for introductions to learning and socialization. Have fun with them - volunteer. I love parents, siblings, grandparents. Just don't tell me how to do my job - and don't do your child's work - that isn't why you are there.
Congrats on having a kinder. Mine are juniors in high school and college. They grow up way too fast.
Terry - voted the most huggable teacher at ANLC