This has been such a wonderful year of growth for Brianna. She has been so lucky to have an absolutely wonderful Kindergarten experience. I have watched her form strong bonds with her classmates and teachers, learn how to read, wake up with excitement to go to school and blossom into a confident and happy little girl. I’m so thankful.
Brianna’s class even incubated and raised ducklings this year. It was an amazing hands-on experience for her and the children. We considered keeping a few until we did our homework and realized how much care and upkeep was involved, especially during the winter months. Ducks are wonderful but are a ton of work and are very messy.
The concert was adorable. I had received a note from Brianna’s teacher awhile back telling me how compassionate and kind she was. There is a girl in Bree’s class with Downs Syndrome and Brianna has modeled true acceptance, love and kindness to the fullest extent. She loves her friend and spends her lunches sitting with her each day and playing with her. She knows she needs extra help but never once did it occur to her that she was any less special than herself. I’m so proud of my girl for who she is and how she brings that love into the world each day.
There were so many times when I stressed out about my children’s education. We all want to do what is best for our children and I would keep myself up at night because I couldn’t find a way to offer them all a Waldorf Education. I considered homeschooling and tried it for awhile here and there. But, the truth is that my girls’ public school education really has been a good one so far. They have met children from so many other backgrounds, religions, nationalities and needs. They have learned what it is to be part of a family outside of their own family and how important community is. There are many things that I would change if I could but life is not perfect and I do not want to create utopia for my children. I just want them to have a positive experience overall and develop into happy and healthy human beings.
I have come to a place of gratitude for these experiences for my girls and our access to good, quality public schools. I am embracing their schooling experience and reminding myself of how very lucky they are. So many children in the world do not have these amazing opportunities. So many girls all over the world are fighting just for the right to learn at all. All this time, I have tried my best to find the right environment to teach my girls in …
Yet, each day it is my daughters who end up teaching me the real lessons in life. How lucky I am that they chose me to be their mother.