At the beginning of the new year, the staff discussed what their goals were for their classrooms. As their teachers, we spend much time and effort in ensuring we are providing the children with what they need. Is there enough practical life work? Are the children ready for phonetic letter sounds? Is this work easier or more challenging than that work? Is this child showing signs of toilet readiness? Does this child seem to be having a harder time with transitions? What can I do to help? What should I be doing differently? What is the priority in this moment for this child? It can be mind-consuming trying to find the right answers. As these children’s parents, you ask yourselves many questions throughout the day regarding your own children, as well. Is my child getting enough sleep? Is this an appropriate lunch portion? Is my child ready for toilet training? Should I talk to their teachers about their rough transition to the classroom lately? Are they ready for numbers? Should I be helping my child more, or am I helping too much? The questions we have as teachers and as parents are never-ending; one is answered (or at least a decision is made in their best interest), only to have five more surface. We research, we ask other parents and teachers, we ask pediatricians and speech therapists, we Google it (you know we all do!), we hope or pray or meditate on what is most important. But at the end of the day, we know the children are loved. They are wanted. They are their own person, whom we have the pleasure of interacting with every day! With this in mind, Ms. Cindy and I agreed to make classroom goal enjoying the children more. You love your child. There are often not black and white answers. There may not even be a “best” answer many times; only a few options and hope for the best, or trial and error. But if we spend all our energy obsessing over answers to our many questions, we may miss out on the best part of what we do—seeing the child in all their innocent, sweet, silly, energetic, shy, curious glory. So I challenge you to join us in our classroom goal, to take a deep breath, to release all your questions for a few moments, and enjoy your children.
“Do less, observe more, enjoy most” ~ Magda Gerber