I have recently given up my director's postion and gone back to teaching 4 year-olds. I am having so much fun and a lot less stressed! It has been a while since I have taught, but I have kept up with new ideas and subbed in the classrooms over the years. My problem is this - I am trying to balance what our school system requires the children to know for kindergarten with what I know is developmentaly appropriate for 4 year-olds. I want them to visit learning centers and to "play and learn." I feel like a do a good job of implementing learning games and activities in the centers that focus on the necessary skills for kindergarten, while letting the children have fun. However, I have a parent that continues (every week) to send me a folder of learning activities that she has created. She also has her daughter make me things as a hint of activities she thinks I should be doing with the children. My director says that she feels that I am doing an excellent job. She thinks I should not get upset about this parent and treat it as an effort to help out. The thing is that even though I think some of her activities are great, I have not used them because of the sneaky way she presents them and her attitude about my teaching abilities. I have just put them up and will probably use them next year or pass them on to someone else. Any thoughts? How would you feel if a parent continually sent you what I think are basically my lessons each week?