Despite my best efforts to slow down time, summer is coming to a close and the new school year is right around the corner. Being fairly obsessed with my career, I have spent much of my summer vacation thinking about the upcoming school year. While most people make their resolutions before New Year’s Eve, I make mine at the end of summer because as most teachers know, we gauge our years by the school calendar. So like everyone’s resolutions, I make plans and lists about what I would like to do better in the upcoming school year and how I can make it even better than the year before.
Spending time thinking about my personal goals for next year has made me think about the goals we have for our kids. As I get to know my new students, I begin setting some goals for them, things I would like to see them work on, accomplish etc. These goals change and grow as the year continues but documenting them and keeping track of their progress helps my colleagues and I see how much a child has developed over the course of a year. Which leads me to this question….
What are your goals, as a parent, for your child’s preschool experience? If this isn’t something you have thought about before, I encourage you to explore the idea. In my experience, parent goals differ from family to family and school to school. Some parents hope their child will make one close friend, others hope their child will become potty trained and yet others expect their 3-year old to master the alphabet and basic math. Wherever you fall on the continuum is okay, but it is always good to start the year off knowing what you hope to get out of it. In fact, this is something that we ask all parents to answer on our background forms at the beginning of a new school year. It really helps the teachers to get a better sense of where each family is coming from and where we can go from there.
Now back to my resolutions! I won’t bore you here with a countdown of all my hopes and goals for the upcoming year. But I will share one important one with my readers (I think there may be at least 2 of you out there!)….One of my major goals is to blog more often & get better at keeping a blogging schedule! Argh. It can be so hard juggling everything, but this year I am dedicated to posting here more often.
There I said it. It’s right there in black and white. Now I guess I have no choice but to stick to it!
Happy New (School) Year Everyone!