A, B, C and 1, 2, 3

I'm a former teacher...I use the term "former" very loosely, because once you are a teacher, you are ALWAYS a teacher...you can't help it...you see "teachable moments" everywhere...sometimes you can't contain it and you end up reading stories to strangers' children in the libraries or offering your "knowledge" to kids in waiting rooms...

So, now that I've scared you from ever wanting to be in the same room with me for any length of time...whew...I want you to know that along with this "training", there comes certain "expectations" that you have when it comes to your own children. 

Kindergarten around here is only 2 or 3 days a week...it feels more like an activity, rather than SCHOOL, persay...at least for the children...believe me, it doesn't feel that way for the teachers...However, when my girlies got to FIRST grade...the ALL DAY, EVERY DAY thing...well, that's when it hit me...

The fact that I was handing over my children to another adult for over 6 hours a day...a person that my child was going to model after, going to adore, going to talk about at the dinner table...this person was going to become extremely important in the life of my child...he or she was going to have an incredible impact on the heart and mind of my little girl...

I would be remiss if I didn't tell you that this held with it a bit of fear...so much so, that I actually homeschooled my eldest daughter for 1st grade...

My 2nd daughter is a completely different personality than my first, but also one that I probably worry about more...she internalizes much of what goes on around her...being an introvert, she watches more and talks less.  When it came to sending her to first grade, my husband and I discussed the possibility of homeschooling again, but we really felt like God had a different plan and so with a few tears (on my side) and a deep breath, I put her on the bus for all day, every day first grade...

THIS is where this family comes in...

My little girl fell in love with her first grade teacher...and Mrs. "F" did not disappoint.  I could not...COULD NOT imagine a better teacher for my daughter.  I could just sit here and write lists upon lists of what makes her such an awesome teacher...and in those lists you'd see things that have to do with teaching...because she totally knows her stuff...but at the top of the list, would be...just HER...Her heart, her ability to "see" things that others may not, her genuine concern, her sincerity and her REALness.  I am so utterly thankful that my girlie got to gleen from her for a whole year...

And to watch her with her own family...and new little boy...oh my...

I did tell her that I do have ONE MORE little girl heading off to school soon..:)

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