Sometimes I wonder if Miss A’s journal cover is going to stand up to every idea I have. So far, so good. I have caught her peeking at it a couple of times and she likes what she sees, so I am still chugging along. My latest thing is painting, stenciling and making collage of my favorite words into her book. I hope that when she gets older and doubts herself and people try to make her feel small, that she will pull out this book and know how valued and loved she is. I have been thinking about doing something similar for my sons, toughened (and in Nat’s case edgied) up of course.
I saw this film almost a couple of weeks ago and it made me think, so I thought I’d share.
Today I ate lunch at school with Little A. We had turkey, mashed potatoes, veggies, fruit, rolls and little pumpkin pies with whipped cream. It was pretty decent. We ate while we listened to the sounds of conversations of others who were eating, swinging, and playing hop scotch and dodgeball. I always find it hopeful that no matter how many years have passed since I was a kid, and despite all of the technology they now have access too, children are essentially the same once you get them outside. It just seems to be much more difficult to get them outside these days. After we finished eating, we went to the book fair. We looked at books about fairies, animals and monsters before we found a journal and a sketch book to do stuff with later. When I was a kid, there was always a little art section full of books for people like me who liked to draw and paint. It sort of saddened me to see how much that sort of thing has diminished. I saw two or three nice books at the online book fair that were not available at school, so maybe I’ll get them as stocking stuffers for her and Max.
I think that teachers have one of the most important jobs on the planet. They pour so much into the future, shaping and molding the minds, hearts and destinies of our children. Yet, they are not nearly properly appreciated, in my opinion. It is our duties as parents, and as concerned citizens to do what we can to ensure that young people have access to the greatest educational opportunities possible and this can not happen without giving educators the support they need. Tonight, I’ll be watching this documentary about the experiences of four teachers over the course of a school year.