Friday, September 19, 2014

Off to a Good Start

The other night, we went to the elementary school's "curriculum night" for 2nd graders.  Each fall, there is a chance for parents to come into their kid's classrooms, meet the teachers, learn about the year's curriculum, and what the teacher has planned.  We get to see what the kids have done so far (which was quite a lot considering they have only been there 2 1/2 weeks) and leave a note for our kids on their desks (the kid's favorite part).

I had a chance to speak to Finley's teacher (Mat went to see Cainan's teacher) and she was so excited about how well Finley is doing.  She said she has been a super star - getting all of her work done, and being a role model for the class.  This is exactly what we were hoping for, so I hope it continues.

I have to credit her teacher and her creativity for this great start.  I don't think I blogged about the fact that her teacher made fairy houses and placed them on trees on the playground after school one night for the kids to "discover".  And that she made an "artist corner" on the blacktop area of the playground so that Finley will have kids with similar interest to join her in drawing.

Her teacher goes above and beyond for Finley and for all the students.  I see this time and time again in our school district.  I feel that we are very lucky here in Massachusetts to have an amazing public school system where our kids can grow and become confident learners and members of society.

We repeated 2nd grade to give Finley a better chance for the future.  Her teacher is giving her the tools to make this a great year to make Finley see how great she really is.  That she can do anything she puts her mind to.  And for that - we will always be grateful.

If your child has a great teacher - tell them so.  They don't hear it enough.  In an age where public school and teachers tend to get a bad rap, what parents don't see is what those teachers do that is beyond the basics.  That most teachers will do ANYTHING to get a child to learn and LOVE learning.  That they are building your kids up.  Even when they have 24 different personalities to deal with.

Finley's teacher has 20 kids all with their own needs.  Finley's needs are high, but her teacher has taken her time to know her and REACH her.

It is wonderful.  It really is.  I am proud of our school system and so glad that my kids get a chance to experience it.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I am happy for your familyand Finley!
Have a great year!

Friend, Shayla