Dear Kindergarten Parent,
As a teacher who is passionate about the growth that is capable in a child’s first year of school, I want to talk to you. I want to ease your mind and settle your nerves.
I see your anxiety. Will they struggle? Will they make friends? Will they find learning difficult? And I’m here to tell you that it’ll be ok. That I’m on your side and that we are in this together.
I’m a mum. I’ve stood where you are standing and I’ve watched my little ones go off to Kindergarten. One ran into the room, without a backwards glance. Confident, happy and eager. The other was a little more timid. Curious and keen, yet reserved and nervous. Each came with their own set of worries for me. A different set of concerns. I’ve stood where you are standing. And I’m here to tell you that I know what that’s like.
As your child’s teacher I want to tell you that I want them to succeed as much as you do. I want them to make friends as much as you do. I want them to work hard, to learn and to grow as much as you do.
As your child’s teacher I want to tell you that I will be spending 6 hours a day, 5 days a week with your little person and I will come to love them. I will get excited when they finally piece together their first sentence and bring it to me to decipher. I will be proud when they come to tell me that they learnt to whistle, or tie their shoes or use a skipping rope. I will encourage them and support them as they dive into new friendships, navigating the bumpy and often confusing waters that is their new social circle. I will comfort them when they hurt themselves, or have a falling out with a friend or want their mum. I will do all these things, just as I would do for my own two children. I will do all these things because that’s what I wanted for my children when they started school. I will do these things because I’m a teacher and it’s what I love.
So, please don’t be too worried.
We’re in this together, you and I.
Your Child’s Teacher