I was a classroom teacher for many years. Actually, I was one of the lucky one that taught Kindergarten when children were able to play in centers, learn to get along, and get a solid academic start to school. I know education has changed so much. But that’s not even what I’m going to talk about today……
As a teacher, I was blessed with so many amazing parents. Before I was ever a momma, I was learning how to be a great momma by watching moms in action. I would see an idea and file it away in my “when I’m a momma one day” file.
My fifth year of teaching, in May, I had a mom send me a message about signing a book for her child. This book was a secret to the child so we had to be clever with the pass off of the book. I was honored and excited to be a part of this tradition. Basically, this mom had bought a copy of Oh, The Places You’ll Go and has asked all teachers to write a little message in the book. She started this book back in preschool. As the kindergarten teacher, I was able to read what preschool teachers said and then I added to the love for this little girl.
I wrote about her sweet personality and how much I enjoyed teaching her. The mom’s goal was to have all teachers that were a part of this little girl’s life sign the book. Then at her high school graduation, she would be presented with this book and all the wonderful memories of her education. How cool is that!?!
Well, I tucked that idea away and now I have it going for both boys. The preschool and elementary years were very easy to accomplish with Will. BUT I am learning to navigate the book signing in middle school. I sent all his teachers an email and they were happy to be part. They even gave me the idea of giving the book to the grade level counselor and she would help make sure it got to all the teachers. (HOW NICE IS THAT!)
Each year I pull out the books and I love to read the letters from all their teachers. It allows me to walk down memory lane and remember each teacher that has impacted their lives and sweet memories of their personalities.
So, help me keep this a secret for a few years but I wanted to share!