I absolutely love my eight-year-old daughter’s teachers this year. They are simply outstanding. N has two teachers – one is her main teacher, who teaches her in the French Immersion program, and the other is her English teacher.
N had a little bit of upset this week. Tuesday was her first real day back at school after our vacation. She was at school last Thursday but there was a substitute teacher that day, and then followed a PD Day which was further followed by Family Day. It was a long stretch away from the regular classroom routine.
Yesterday evening the girls and I all went for haircuts, and so it wasn’t until after N was in bed that I opened up her agenda and saw the note from her teacher that N had been crying at school. In the note, the teacher didn’t know why N was upset, but she wanted us to know there had been a problem. I love that we were involved early on. Last year I didn’t find out until about two thirds of the way through the school year that N was frequently crying at school. This way is so much better.
It seems reality hit N a bit hard when she realized that she had some catching up to do. Yesterday while her classmates were doing their new work, she was working on older work that she had missed. She then started to feel that cascade that I myself feel often enough, where she felt that she was going to get further and further behind, and that she would never catch up. The tears started.
Today I have been able to follow up with both teachers, who have responded in an attentive and caring way. I love that they both took the time to talk to me today and provide so much support. This is a fairly minor problem, but I am so grateful to be able to tackle it early so that it doesn’t grow into something much bigger.
This school year has been so completely different from last year, which was a difficult year for N. Our little girl has been so happy and has been doing so well, and her attitude towards school has improved so much compared to last year. I give all of this credit to her two teachers. They have been so kind and gentle to our beautiful, lovely but sensitive girl. Now, I have further confidence that if there are any problems, they will be dealt with quickly and effectively. I feel like we are working together to turn this girl into the absolute best person she can be.
The way I look at it, Grade 2 is still really little. There is a lifetime ahead where N will be stressed over schoolwork. I really want to protect her from that reality for as long as I can.