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Posted on: Wed, 01/24/2007 - 5:21am
Greenlady's picture
Joined: 06/30/2004 - 09:00

Here's one I've shared before. When my DS was in kindergarten, I got into an argument with his teacher on whether the class should be making PBJ sandwiches [b]as part of her lesson plan!!! [/b]
Here's an excerpt from one of her emails:
[i]We are making peanut butter and jelly sandwiches next week because of
reading/ language arts lessons that we will be doing all week. We will
be reading a book called peanut butter and jelly. We will be working on
sequencing of the story. I have several lessons in which the
students sequence how to make peanut butter and jelly sandwhiches. I
am willing to change it to the soy peanut butter but using anything
else takes away from the story, song, and sequencing that we will be
doing all week. If [DS] has a problem with even using soy peanut
butter, [another teacher] is willing to take him at the end of the day so that
he doesn;thave to be around the peanut butter.[/i]
This is when I realized that my strategy of appealling to people's common sense wasn't going to work.
[This message has been edited by Greenlady (edited January 24, 2007).]

Posted on: Wed, 01/24/2007 - 5:23am
Greenlady's picture
Joined: 06/30/2004 - 09:00

[double post]
[This message has been edited by Greenlady (edited January 24, 2007).]

Posted on: Wed, 01/24/2007 - 5:44am
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Joined: 09/11/2007 - 09:00

[This message has been edited by onedayatatime (edited September 11, 2007).]

Posted on: Wed, 01/24/2007 - 7:00am
joeybeth's picture
Joined: 09/01/2006 - 09:00

did the teacher mean "soy butter" or "soy peanut butter?" also, would you have been opposed to her using the soy butter? i personally wouldn't have minded but, then again, my girls' soy allergies are very mild at the worst these days.
however, i find it pretty pathetic that the need for the pbj lesson was more important to her than just finding some other way to teach a similar lesson. i don't get the "food-centric" way things are done these days at school.

Posted on: Wed, 01/24/2007 - 7:02am
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Joined: 09/01/2006 - 09:00

my girls are a little older now (2nd and 5th grade) but i do think a story about peanut butter would have bothered them at the kindergarten age. i do remember them having to do several pb&j-related worksheets and coloring sheets though. they HATED those. we used to scribble on them and shred them up when they got home from school. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]

Posted on: Wed, 01/24/2007 - 7:41am
Greenlady's picture
Joined: 06/30/2004 - 09:00

I had talked the teacher (reluctantly) into "soy butter," but when I brought it home, my son was very anxious because it looked and smelled like pb.
So I asked the teacher if we could do cream cheese and jelly sandwiches instead (which was suggested by someone on this board) because my son was so anxious. That email was her reply to that suggestion.
We ended up making the soy butter sandwiches, which all during the lesson she insisted on calling it "peanut butter."
My son ended up be okay on it, but this was only the first of many incidents. We had an almost identical argument about substiting Skittles for M & M's in a counting exercise ("but the book says M & M's!") I finally pulled my son out of the class when she handed out Ritz Bitz crackers for snack, and when my son freaked out about all the crumbs around him, she told him that "they don't really have peanuts in them." They have "peanut" right there in the list of ingredients! (DS always had his own snack, but the room was supposed to also be peanut free).
Argh - bad flashbacks. Must go visit my happy place now. ;-)

Posted on: Wed, 01/24/2007 - 12:01pm
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Joined: 02/20/2006 - 09:00

[This message has been edited by SallyL (edited January 25, 2007).]


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