Thursday, September 3, 2009
School starts for Oliver and Abigail in a few more days and as much as I am ready for them to go back I am also getting a little anxious, and not in a good way. Last night I received a call from Abby's kindergarten teacher reminding us that tonight is the Meet & Greet at the school. During that conversation I had a few red flags go up in my mind and then my stomach started doing flip flops. I thought to myself "I am not sure this is the right teacher for Abby" Yes, I know it's going to be a rough transition for both of us. My little girl heading off to school for the first time. I am going to miss her like crazy, even though I know she's ready for school. She's so excited about meeting other little girls her own age, and who can blame her. Growing up with three brothers and no one except me to appreciate her love of pink and all things girly. But there was something about that conversation that bothered me. Mrs. "I" was very nice and polite and told me a bit about herself and her teaching career, she's been a kindy teacher for 26 years. She also told me a bit about her philosophy. Mrs "I" said she was somewhat "strict" and didn't put up with much "monkey business!" Ugh-oh.... okay, I get that she wants and needs to have control of her classroom but they are 5 year old's for goodness sake. They are all about "Monkey business", I see Abby and Mrs. "I" not getting along.
Abby is such a character, so full of life and a huge personality. Just yesterday I got to meet our new neighbors and of course Abby had already gotten to them. The mom said "Wow! Abby is so outgoing and not the least bit shy" and all I could think was "Yup, that's my Abby!"
I so hope I am wrong! That tonight when Abby and I meet Mrs. "I" that I see a twinkle in both of their eyes. Some kind of connection between them. Something that gives me an indication that this is going to be a good match. I really want this to be a great experience for Abby and I cross my fingers that 26 years of working with 5 year old's hasn't soured Mrs. "I". Seriously, I love kids, but I cannot imagine wanting to work with 5 year old's as a career. For the sake of the teacher and the kids don't you think there should be a limit on how many years you can work with the same age group of children. The school system should require teachers to move around amongst the grades to keep their mind fresh and constantly coming up with new ideas and experiences.
I would almost prefer a new teacher fresh out of college. Young and filled with new ideas and excitement about their new classroom. Truly excited to be teaching and a room filled with crazy 5 year old's. I'd so much rater have a young teacher who makes mistakes and learns from them with students than a "seasoned pro" who has lost her passion and just goes through the motions like a well oiled robot. Oh, I so hope I am wrong about Mrs. "I"!
am I being an over protective mama? am I over thinking this one? are these knots in my stomach me being over dramatic? We'll see tonight when we meet Mrs. "I" for the first time. I have a very strong feeling that Abby is going to announce loud and clear that "She IS NOT going to go to school!"
to be continued...