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Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Teachers, Parents & Kids

Well I survived after cooking with 50 second graders, and actually had a ball! The kids learned about abbreviations, fractions, writing directions, drawing illustrations and much more. However, I think the highlight was when I asked how many children actually cook with their mom or dad. I was pleasantly surprised! A ton of hands shot up which made my heart go "pitter-patter". Just when you think a lot of parents have checked out when it comes to spending time with their kids, this happens. I was thrilled, and it gave me some hope that maybe the pendulum is starting to swing the other way. That maybe more parents are sitting down with their kids at the dinner table and listening to what their kids have to say. Or ... are getting involved in what interests their children. Or ... inviting them to join them in making dinner so they can share some time together and share baking secrets. Regardless of what that time consists of, the important thing is that it is happening. As a teacher, you can pick the kids out right away that have parents who are involved and spend time with them. There is almost a glow of confidence that is apparent and a secure undertone that makes them more apt to try new things. In contrast, the kiddos that don't have support at home tend to be more insecure and less likely to participate in discussions. No matter what type of home a child comes from, it is our job to make them feel comfortable, safe and give them the best education we can. Imagine what would be possible if educators, parents and students were all working together toward a common goal. The possibilities are endless! Why don't we all give it a try?

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