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My son keeps saying he "quits" Kindergarten, and has even tried to sneak away/run away from school a few times now. Why and what to do?

His teacher says that he has up and down moments (emotionally), but that he is full of affection and is one of the brightest students. He has many friends there and says nobody is mean to him. When I ask him why he wants to quit, he either relates a long complicated tale (eg. needs to go "discover something extraordinary", or to continue fixing up his "office", etc.), or else just says "I don't know, it's just boring". When asked why he ran away from school, he insisted that he had to go "take care of some messages", but would give no other reason.
   He isn't talking in much detail any more about his school days, other than to say he doesn't remember anything and that it's boring. Yet his teacher says he is engaging and is learning everything. He is also quite calm and cheerful while on the way to school each morning. We're very confused and concerned about his safety, especially now that he's trying to get off the property.
In Topics: Back to school, School and Academics, Discipline and behavior challenges
> 60 days ago

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BMelton
Jan 19, 2014
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What the Expert Says:

Boring may be a key word in your description. He sounds very bright and creative. Leaving school, however, is a safety issue. Speak with the school counselor and explain your concerns. The counselor may also observe him during the times he is "bored" and wants to "discover" something. One thought would be for him to have some responsibility in the classroom during these times. He could be a "buddy" to another child.

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TeacherandParent
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Have you observed him in the classroom yourself? I'd make an appointment and do that. Sit in the back of the room and the class and the kids will forget you're there. Spend some time. Watch him on the playground - from a distance. Watch him in the cafeteria - from a distance. A teacher can say a child is happy and engaged but it's wise to see that for yourself. (is your home really so close to the school that he could get from school to home?)
And - how did he do in preschool? Did he like preschool?
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