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FACING OUR FEARS – 31 STORIES FROM M.O.M.
Would you like to be the parent every teacher hopes for? No matter the setting where your child receives education (traditional, co-op, library time, home), teachers appreciate parents with”partner hearts.”
When I recall the many parents who were gifts to my classrooms, names like “Connie, Mayisa, Barb, Kathy, and Bill” come to mind. They made me a better teacher, and they made my classroom more effective. Their children loved having them there, and they were imprinted on my teacher-heart. It’s worth it to work at getting into a child’s classroom, whether it be a nursery, co-op, library time, sports team, or traditional classroom. Not every teacher is equally comfortable with parents in class, but a parent’s conduct makes a big difference in opening the door.
Proverbs 31 paints the picture of an ideal woman, not necessarily one woman who “has it all.” In the same way, one parent won’t necessarily be “all things to all teachers.” We can strive to be the best parent-partner we can be for other grown ups who influence our children.
In the spirit of being the parents teachers hope and pray for, I hope you’ll be encouraged by “Proverbs 31 for School Parents.”
Proverbs 31 for School Parents
An excellent school-parent who can find?
Her worth is far above personal days.
The heart of her child’s teacher trusts in her,
and she speaks well of the classroom whenever she can.
She cooperates with the teacher and volunteers her help.
She seeks resources and supplies,
and works in a cheerful way with all students equally.
She is like a breath of fresh air,
cleaning up happily after projects and parties,
She rises while the teacher is on her planning period
and provides for the class, glad to give the teacher a break.
She considers the curriculum and checks out library books,
complementing the direction of the school.
She dresses to help on the playground
and makes her face smile.
She sees what the teacher does well
and doesn’t become negative if her child gets a low grade.
She has the attitude of a partner
And her hands hold any child the teacher assigns her.
She opens her heart to the teacher and prays,
and she reaches out with acts of encouragement.
She is not afraid of snow days,
for her kids will return ready to learn.
She makes snacks to send in when requested
and is gladly peanut free if the school says so.
Her child’s teacher is known in the PTA
when she stays late because she loves children.
She makes play dough and bags it individually;
she delivers good reports to the principal.
Patience and understanding are her attitude,
and she welcomes the next homework assignment.
She opens her mouth with respect,
and the phonics rules of the class are on her tongue.
She provides all the items on the supply list
and doesn’t forget to see in extra tissues.
Her child obeys the teacher and offers to clean up,
and her husband declares what a good school year it is.
Many parents let others help school their children,
but she is an A+ parent-partner.
Popularity is fickle, and flattery is unhealthy,
but a parent who helps the teacher is to be praised.
Give her a student whose heart and mind learn well,
And her child will make her heart full at school and at home.
By Julie Sanders at Come Have a Peace