In one week, you will receive my babies into your classroom. I have no doubt you have been planning, not just days, but weeks and months for this moment. You have expended your own bank accounts as the classroom budget would never allow for the extra necessities that would make their first minutes extra special.
I have been praying for you, that my children would be placed in the classroom that would be of the greatest benefit. I have been asking God to put them with the teacher that would best understand their learning needs and struggles.
I do need you to know a few things. They will come to you after 3 months and 10 days of summer vacation. The sanity within our home disappeared some time ago. In fact, I imagine it fell out of the van as we ventured from Louisiana to Virginia. They may not remember their names. They will come to you exhausted as I didn’t prepare them a week ahead of time to restart their school schedule. They will walk in anxious as they are starting a new school, again, after moving multiple times in the last three years. Their eyes will be wide, looking, searching for a friend to welcome them into their fold. Likely, their reading skills will have suffered, math skills have dwindled, and writing complete sentences will be non-existent. Yet again, this mama’s aspirations for staying on top of all of their academics didn’t happen the way I had hoped.
Despite everything, I am confident in one thing:
You, teachers, are ready and prepared to love my children.
For this, I am the most thankful. Your ability to embrace the children who walk into your classroom is not something taught. No university could teach a passion for the little hearts you choose to spend your time with each day, but love them, you do.
I will try to do my part to volunteer for the school activities that will help make the year a fantastic one. I can’t promise specially designed Pinterest teacher gifts or perfectly Christmas cookies for the class party. You can count on me to support you as you serve my children. Trust me to be on your team and assist you in any way possible.
Thank you, teachers. This mama and her kiddos already love you very much, even though we haven’t met.