6-year-old first grade boy not connecting
Hello. My son is 6 1/2 and in first grade. His teacher began sendind emails about 3 weeks in that he said he hated school, didn't want to do work. I discussed this with him, and he said he didn't really hate school, just wanted to play more. I explained that school is for learning first, and that he had to focus on completing his work. Also that he shouldn't talk about "hating" things. All was quiet, he was better. Many moms told me that he behaved well when he was there.
Now teacher says he can't follow directions, that she has to repeat them. At home, he reads very well, writes well, and is good at math. He has a good memory - if you ask him any date for the past 2 years, he can tell you which day of the week it was. Also, already knows the names of all 30 teachers in school, just by looking at last year's yearbook.
I get the feeling that the teacher thinks he isn't smart, talks much about inability to comprehend. Also says he would rather color than work on math (she puts 3 sheets out every day, including one art page, and lets kids pick which they want to start with).
I'm frustrated. I don't know what to do and would love guidance.