Yesterday my daughter “graduated” from preschool and we had to say goodbye to 3 of the most influential women in both of my children’s lives (outside of many family members). We have had the same 3 preschool teachers for 4 years. My son had them for 2 years and then my daughter for 2 years. Yesterday was a bittersweet day, because these women were truly part of the “village” I rely on to raise my children.
I work full time, I blog full time, I raise children full time and I’m a wife full time, so I am always grateful when I find good people to help shoulder the responsibilities of teaching my children. I am not supermom and I cannot do it on my own. I must have a strong network of people I trust and depend upon.
My kids participated in a special program where they were “Peer Models” and they were in a classroom that had other Peer Models as well as children with disabilities. It could be autism, it could be cerebral palsy, it could be a speech impediment. Yes, my kids learned their ABCs and their colors and shapes, but they learned so much more from these ladies. In this classroom, my children learned how to be leaders among their peers. How to help their teachers and use their behavior to model to their fellow students. My children learned empathy. They learned exactly why Jonathan sounds different from them and why Sarah sits in a wheelchair. They learned that these were not reasons to make fun of children or ostracize them, but rather to figure out a different way to engage them and play with them despite their disability. They learned compassion. When Gomer started Kindergarten last year, the girl next to him was crying for her parents not to leave her. Gomer immediately took charge. He put his arm around her and said, “Hi, I’m Gomer. We’re going to have fun today. Would you like to play with Legos?” He took her to Legos and she never looked back.
I could not be prouder of my children and the skills they learned from Miss M, Miss G & Miss T. I will miss these 3 ladies fiercely and I am sad that this chapter of my daughter’s life has come to a close. I am looking forward to Kindergarten next year and I know that these ladies helped prepare her for a great year, but we will always have a place in our hearts for them.
I’ve already told them that next I’ll come and have lunch with them because I’ll miss them so much. What about you? Has your child had a special teacher or two? Do you keep in touch with him or her?
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