This time of the year is busy for everyone, but I need to give a special shout out and high-five to all of my teacher friends, and to the amazing teachers at my son's school.
The time between Thanksgiving and Christmas is one of excitement and energy and teachers work to direct all of that energy towards engaging, meaningful work.... that play or performance that you saw where the children we so cute- that teacher worked tirelessly preparing the children and the environment for that one brief moment. Those sweet homemade gifts that the children are bringing home? Yep- that teacher spent time patiently getting covered in glue, glitter, paint and who knows what else to help create a memento of this year. That picture ornament that now hangs on your tree or on your refrigerator? A teacher made that, probably at home while watching a show on Netflix and unwinding.
We all know it, but please take a moment to say thank you to your child's teacher. A hand written note means so much- I still have a box of cards that parents have given me over the years, ones where the child lovingly wrote "Bef" or drew a picture. So, from one former teacher to another- keep rocking it friends! You are not alone and you are valued, supported, respected and loved. Really really loved.
Now go enjoy your time off and don't go to your classroom over break. You deserve it!
Beth is a mom first and foremost. She is also a trained Montessori teacher who is passionate about making the lofty ideals of the Montessori philosophy more real and manageable for families.