School Punishment Concerns
Last week our five year old daughter took a book from her classroom. Until now, our daughter hasn't had any behavior issues at school this year.
As a parent, I have always believed in swift, age-appropirate consequences. Also, I believe that punishments should be constructive and aimed at guiding effective child development (at least at this age).
After notifying us of what our daughter did, her teacher told us that our daughter will:
1) stand on the wall during student recess for two weeks.
2) not be permitted to take part in student centers (i.e., learning through play - e.g., playing in kitchens, etc.) for two weeks.
3) will not be permitted to have an afternoon snack (drink/food) for two weeks.
4) will not be allowed to be the helper of the week.
While I have no problem with punitive consequences, this punishment appears to be primarily punitive. It doesn't appear to be particularly constructive. In fact, it has been destructive for our daughter.
Our daughter feels humiliated. She comes home and cries. She is convinced that she is a bad person and suddenly, she doesn't want to attend school.
I am looking for some perspective from other parents. Does this punishment strik you as appropriate or disproportionately harsh?
Thank you in advance for your consideration.