School is in full swing and I hope by now you are getting your child’s schedule down and they are feeling good about school.My daughter is your child’s teacher this year and you should consider yourself blessed.Here are a few things that you might want to tack on the refrigerator to help get the most out of your first year in the hallowed walls of learning,and some of the concerns I have after listening to my girl.
1.Sleep is very important,but not in the classroom.She has little kids that can’t keep their eyes open.When she tries to explain to a parent and they say they can’t understand why the kid is tired (he is in bed before ten o’clock) I am shocked.
2.Leave the Halloween costumes for Halloween.Dress your kids like the age they are.Brittany Spears wear is not appropriate and the kids can’t play well in clothes that are too tight,don’t cover,or fall down.
3.Remember that everything that goes on at home will be repeated in school.Finding out Mom threw the butter dish at Dad because he wouldn’t take out the trash is something the other kids don’t need to hear.
4.Check your child’s backpack every day.
5.Don’t let Tommy bring the family’s favorite antique toy to school unless you are sick of it,because chances are it will be broken or lost before it gets back home.
6.Families come in all shapes and sizes now days.Please be kind if your little one comes home and doesn’t understand the dynamics of another family.Also know that Mrs. Merchant will not tolerate any bigotry if she sees it and she does look for it,but contrary to popular belief she doesn’t have eyes in the back of her head,so she needs help.
7.Read every night with your child.The benefits are wonderful and the bonding is something they never forget.They even benefit by watching you read a book because they like to copy,but please don’t leave adult books laying around. It is embarrassing when you have to pick it up in the office after the kid brings it in to show everybody.
8.If you need to speak to Mrs. Merchant try to do it at school.She never complains about it but I can’t tell you how many times I have seen her evenings interrupted at home with her family because of a phone call that could have been done at school.I know sometimes it is necessary but please don’t make it a habit.
9.When they have a special day that needs an adult there try to make sure your little one has somebody.If you can’t make it round up Nana or Uncle Oscar.Kids love it when they have somebody at an event at school.It makes them feel special even if you can’t be there.
10.Mrs.Merchant doesn’t make a lot of money and every year they ask more of her and she does it.She continues her education to benefit her teaching and to help your child.She is doing what she loves and that is why your child can read and do math in kindergarten.Give her a thank you once in a while.She deserves it.
Mrs. Merchants Mom