I came back to school today after a very restful week of winter break ready to tackle another week in Kindergarten. When I checked my mail, I saw that I had received a letter from a parent the day we after we got out. The family is originally from England and I love to listen to them talk.

This letter made my spirits soar and reminded me why I love teaching young children so much!!! It makes me feel that I am accomplishing my goal of making learning fun. I will tuck this letter away with the others and cherish it. What a gift!
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Dear Mrs B...,



I'm not sure if we have told you lately how wonderful you are!


G... does not go to school everyday, she goes on a learning adventure with the fabulous Mrs. B... and amazing Mrs. K... in their kindergarten world. Her Kindergarten adventures take her into Mrs. B...'s real life shop to learn about money or into the land of Willy Wonka, every learning experience to her is wonderful and because it's so wonderful she learns. G.... sees no obstacles in her path just wonder and excitement. She is loved and cared for, encouraged and nurtured. Thank you for giving G.... every opportunity she could ever wish for.



I can only compare G....'s school start to H....'s and you are head and shoulders above any teacher England has to offer.
Thank you have a fantastic break.


R.... and C..........



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Do not train a child to learn by force or harshness; but direct them to it by what amuses their minds, so that you may be better able to discover with accuracy the peculiar bent of the genius of each.


Plato

38 comments

  1. RosieP // March 8, 2010 at 7:44 AM  

    Lovely letter, you must be very proud.

    Hugs RosieP x

  2. Heather // March 8, 2010 at 7:44 AM  

    What a wonderful letter to receive! It isn't often that we get positive feedback for our jobs...you must really be awesome!

    You know, Gabe is going to kindergarten next year. Wanna move to Lebanon and be HIS teacher?

    :)

  3. VKT // March 8, 2010 at 8:15 AM  

    Thanks Rosie! It makes me happy to know that my kids love school. That is the key!

  4. VKT // March 8, 2010 at 8:16 AM  

    Heather,

    I would LOVE that! He is such a precious little guy!

  5. Stacey // March 8, 2010 at 8:28 AM  

    This is AWESOME! And yes you need to be reminded of how great you are! Way to go! Don't forget somebody has been praying for you!

  6. VKT // March 8, 2010 at 8:35 AM  

    Bless you Stacey! You have enriched my life so much with your daily messages!

  7. Andrea // March 8, 2010 at 8:40 AM  

    Beautiful letter.
    Blessings, andrea

  8. Blackberry Jam Cafe // March 8, 2010 at 8:43 AM  

    Good for you! What a difference you are making in the lives of these children. Wouldn't it be wonderful if all parents would appreciate how teachers help shape the future of their kids! It's a tough job - and not often recognized for it's importance.
    Susan

  9. Choices // March 8, 2010 at 9:02 AM  

    Now, that is very special. Letters like that really do make us feel that we have made a difference in a child's life. Letters like that are our rewards for a job well done. Certainly a cherished item.

  10. VKT // March 8, 2010 at 11:22 AM  

    Andrea,

    I agree! The parent and her child are just as beautiful!

  11. VKT // March 8, 2010 at 11:23 AM  

    Susan,

    It really means so much to get a letter like this. This means more to me than any material gift. It is a gift in itself.

    Blessings!

  12. VKT // March 8, 2010 at 11:24 AM  

    I will certainly cherish it Choices. Have a blessed day sweet lady!

  13. Theresa Milstein // March 8, 2010 at 12:15 PM  

    I'm glad that there are parents who take the time to let you know how special you are.

    If your class visits Willy Wonka's Chocolate Factory, I'd like to visit too!

  14. VKT // March 8, 2010 at 12:20 PM  

    Theresa,

    We just finished up a week long unit I refer to as "Wonkamania". We use Hershey's chocolate bars to learn fractions, create our own machine out of all kinds of junk, read the book, and dress up as our favorite character. We have a blast!

  15. Angie's Junk // March 8, 2010 at 12:26 PM  

    Must make you feel great!! We loved my son's kindergarten teacher too, so I know where those parents are coming from. Wish they could all be like you! (The second, fourth, and fifth year teachers were horrible!!)

  16. Rene W. // March 8, 2010 at 12:31 PM  

    What a wonderful testament to the hard work you put into those children! Kindergarten is the foundation of how children perceive school - I had a wonderful teacher & will never forget her.

  17. Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti // March 8, 2010 at 2:41 PM  

    Hi! My daughter-in-law is a kindergarten teacher so I know how wonderful it is to get a nice note like this from a parent! I enjoyed looking around at your blog!

  18. Jo // March 8, 2010 at 3:09 PM  

    How lovely to receive that kind of recognition and affirmation that just proves you're doing what you're meant to be.

    Looking at your smiling picture on your profile makes ME smile in turn as one can truly feel the warmth not only from your photo (which just permeates your kindness!) but also from your words that you share with your readers.

    Thank you for your positive and uplifting responses to my posts -- you are one to treasure and I feel so blessed every time you stop by.

    Peace and serenity,
    ~Jo

  19. VKT // March 8, 2010 at 4:30 PM  

    Angie,

    I am so sorry that your children had some not so great years. This is what I don't like about tenure.

  20. VKT // March 8, 2010 at 4:31 PM  

    Thanks for sharing Rene! I bet she never forgot you either!

  21. VKT // March 8, 2010 at 4:32 PM  

    Thanks for coming to look around Pat!

  22. VKT // March 8, 2010 at 4:33 PM  

    Dear Jo,

    You get the same reaction from me when I read your posts. You are definitely a person I am enjoying getting to know sweet lady!

    Blessings!

  23. My Lipstick Life // March 8, 2010 at 7:38 PM  

    Letters like this make it all worth it don't they? You must be a wonderful teacher to consistantly get such good feedback. Keep rawking it :)

  24. Genny // March 8, 2010 at 9:00 PM  

    How nice of those parents, and what a compliment to you! You sound like a wonderful teacher.

    I appreciated your thoughts on my post today about choosing public vs. private school. Thanks so much for chiming in . :)

  25. Midday Escapades // March 8, 2010 at 9:08 PM  

    That is so amazingly sweet of the parents to write you. I bet you are so proud and feeling good as you should be!

  26. Brenda Susan // March 8, 2010 at 9:51 PM  

    A little late in thanking you for the kind comment on my blog a bit ago. Thanks! I am a new follower of your blog, it is funny & fresh & reminds me of my pre-school teaching days!

  27. My Lipstick Life // March 8, 2010 at 10:18 PM  

    I want to know if you're as good a liar as you are a teacher - check out my Tuesday post on Desperately Seeking...

  28. beedeebabee♥ // March 8, 2010 at 10:29 PM  

    What a beautiful letter! You must be a very special teacher. I loved my kindergarten teacher, Miss Letson, so much I wrote her every year until she passed away 5 years ago. I was 46. I miss her!...Thanks for stopping by, and for your sweet comment. Good Luck! Paulette ;)

  29. VKT // March 8, 2010 at 10:31 PM  

    Letters like this do make it all worthwhile!!!!!!

  30. VKT // March 8, 2010 at 10:32 PM  

    Thanks Genny! I look forward to reading more posts like the one you had today.

  31. VKT // March 8, 2010 at 10:34 PM  

    Beedeebabee,

    That is so sweet. I know that meant so much to Miss Letson. Thank you so much for sharing.

  32. VKT // March 8, 2010 at 10:34 PM  

    Thanks Midday! It truly made my day!

  33. VKT // March 8, 2010 at 10:36 PM  

    Thanks Brenda Susan!

  34. VKT // March 8, 2010 at 10:37 PM  

    Okay Lipstick....I have to go check it out. Curiosity has gotten the best of me here fellow teacher!

  35. ellen // March 9, 2010 at 11:24 AM  

    What a sweet gesture of the parents. It is very thoughtful of them to send you this email. You are for sure a great teacher and to get this rewarding for it, is fantastic!

  36. VKT // March 9, 2010 at 11:27 AM  

    Ellen,

    I truly did appreciate it! Thanks for your comment!

  37. apennysavedtoday // March 9, 2010 at 10:41 PM  

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  38. VKT // March 10, 2010 at 7:32 AM  

    Thank you so much A Penny Saved. I don't know what to do with blog awards but I appreciate the thought.