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Can someone please tell me where the first half of 2012 went? In a blink of an eye, the end of the school year is near. I can’t believe this is the last week of school and come September, my kid will no longer be in kindergarten. How did THAT happen? But, you see, I should have known because somewhere along the way, she became more independent, more responsible, and I can always see her wheels turning as she processes new information and tries to apply her newfound knowledge.
This weekend, we spent much of our time gettting ready for her last day of school. On top of watching Brave, we spent the rest of the time trying to figure out what to get for teacher presents. We also bought fruit to make a fresh fruit basket for the school admin staff since without them, the school would be chaos. We then wrapped the teacher presents but more importantly, we took our time to make memorable thank you cards for the teachers. After all, our family is a big believer that it really is the thought that counts. Sure, the gifts are always a nice gesture but for a teacher, the best gifts are often the ones that remind them of how important they are to their students.
So, in our thank you cards, I ask my child different questions about the teachers and then I include what her answers are, verbatim, in quotation marks. It’s amazing how perceptive young children are.
This post is dedicated to all the teachers out there who make a difference in their student’s lives. As a parent, I thank you for your countless unpaid hours that you devote to your students but more importantly, I thank you for caring about your students, for supporting their self-esteem and drive to learn. Children learn best through play but it can only happen when teachers plan and teach with intent, keeping in mind the needs of their children, their interests, and combining all those daily observations you make of the children with the academic curriculum you must also deliver.
On behalf of all parents out there, thank you for all that you do. Enjoy the summer and here’s to a great September!
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