I mentioned in an earlier post that whenever a child is absent in my classroom, we call him or her at home and the entire class yells "We miss you  and their name......!"  Why do we do it? Childhood is such a brief moment in time, and  I want to do what I can to give each child the best possible start as they begin the journey of lifelong learning. Little gestures like this one only take a few minutes and  it seems to make the children feel so special. I want children to love school and get excited about learning.

Does that mean that I come in happy and excited every morning when I get to school? No! I have to admit that there are days when I come to school tired and wish I could have slept one more hour. On those days I try to remember what a gift God has given me to  impact the life of a child.  Children are our greatest asset and I want to do what I can to give them the best possible start in kindergarten. The choice to be  a positive impact or a negative one God leaves to me. Since my goal as a teacher is to have my students remember me as a positive influence, I keep this saying by an unknown author above the computer on my desk along with a bible verse. It serves as a gentle reminder of how precious each child is and why I have to leave that tiredness or grumpiness outside the classroom door before I enter each morning. I bought it several years ago when a little girl in my class had to move again for the third time in one year. Her little eyes filled with tears as she told me " I don't want to leave. I want to stay here. I love school and  my friends and I know you love me!"  She cried and cried as she left. I didn't realize until after she had gone just how difficult home life had been  for her and her siblings until  a social worker shared it with me.I thought about all of the days that I could have shown that child more empathy or given her more attention  and I felt so sad.

So, on days if I am feeling out of sorts, I look at this sign, and the bible verse below, and I remember that little girl. I remember how oblivious I had been to just how much school meant to her and it turns my day around. I am so thankful for all of the parents out there who do their best to provide a safe and caring environment for their children.



“See that you do not despise one of these little ones. For I tell you that in heaven their angels always see the face of my Father who is in heaven.
(Matthew 18:10 ESV)

73 comments

  1. Kyrstin // April 2, 2010 at 12:25 AM  

    I love the quote and bible verse. I totally agree that children are our greatest asset. I just love how you call the absent child in your classroom. This must make the child fell so special and cared about. I am going to do this when I go back to teaching!! Have a great weekend.

  2. Niki // April 2, 2010 at 12:43 AM  

    What a lovely and sad post. XX

    ps I emailed the kitty picture to you :o)

  3. Ms. Anthropy // April 2, 2010 at 2:30 AM  

    I love, love, love that quote!

  4. Magic Mummy // April 2, 2010 at 4:47 AM  

    I love that quote - sooo true!

  5. Lauri // April 2, 2010 at 7:31 AM  

    What an awesome inspiration!! I would have benefited from a teacher like you as a kid. God has blessed you!!

  6. Debbie // April 2, 2010 at 7:37 AM  

    ANd that is TRUE!~ I am sure you have had a great impact on many young minds:) How rewarding that must me. Have a great Easter and many blessings to your family. I made a short Easter post, but still technically on break:)

  7. Choices // April 2, 2010 at 8:09 AM  

    You are an awesome teacher! Any child would be blessed to have you as a teacher. I am sure that all the children you teach will always remember you. I wish I lived closer to you, I would love to come into your classroom to see how you teach.
    Take care.

  8. Theresa Milstein // April 2, 2010 at 8:22 AM  

    I got chills reading your post. It takes a special person to be a great kindergarten teacher. You are a special person.

  9. trooppetrie // April 2, 2010 at 10:24 AM  

    I am a new follower, Have a great weekend

  10. Deb // April 2, 2010 at 11:07 AM  

    Thanks for the friday follow...following you back

  11. Lisa @ Another Day Today // April 2, 2010 at 1:43 PM  

    Thanks for following me - I'm following you back.

    My brother and his wife both teach elementary school, and you share their love of teaching children.

    Nice to meet you!

  12. ~Shelley~ // April 2, 2010 at 1:50 PM  

    It takes a special person to be a teacher. I have a 5yo son with Autism, and he is in a special education Kindergarten class, and he loves his teacher..she is amazing. My oldest daughter (who is almost 17yo and a Junior in HS), wants to be a Kindergarten teacher. She is actually going to intern at my son's school next year!

    Thanks for visiting and following..I'm now following you :)

    Hope you have a wonderful Easter weekend!

    ~Shelley

  13. ellen // April 2, 2010 at 2:30 PM  

    Thanks for this post, really nice, you are having a big impact on your students. I wish you have a great Easter and yes, I would love the Spanish lessons :-)

  14. blueviolet // April 2, 2010 at 4:44 PM  

    Following back from FF!! Have a great weekend!

  15. SquirrelQueen // April 2, 2010 at 5:19 PM  

    You are a very special person, thank you for the job you do.

    Thanks for the follow, I am following you back. Have a great Easter Weekend.

  16. Ode to Motherhood // April 2, 2010 at 5:25 PM  

    Thanks for stopping by! Following back.

    Look forward to reading more of your blog.

    Have a great Easter weekend! :)

  17. Shamrocks and Shenanigans // April 2, 2010 at 5:34 PM  

    Following you back! Thanks for the kind comments on my blog

  18. Sheila // April 2, 2010 at 5:57 PM  

    What a great quote and an interesting post to certainly put things into perspective. We all need that every so often. Thanks for following. Following you back!

  19. Anonymous // April 2, 2010 at 8:00 PM  

    That quote is so true, and children remind us of this often, don't they?

  20. Santa's Gift Shoppe and Ideas // April 2, 2010 at 8:10 PM  

    Hi..I'm From Friday Follow..I'm following you back!! Great blog!! My husband is a 4th grade teacher..we empathize!!!
    I'm new to this but have found such wonderful people doing these parties & link ups. I wish the rest of the world could be as uplifting & supportive to each other as I have experienced.. Happy Easter!! Barb
    P.S. Hope to have my own link party April 12th “My Creative Space Monday” @ santasgiftshoppe.blogspot.com
    …..Hope you will join up, too.

  21. Khrys { Mom of 3 Dolls } // April 2, 2010 at 9:03 PM  

    Thanks for stopping by. Happy FF!

  22. Linda // April 2, 2010 at 10:06 PM  

    Thanks for visiting my blog for Friday Follow. I'm following you back now!

  23. Kim // April 2, 2010 at 10:14 PM  

    Hi! Following you back! Thanks so much for stopping by!

    http://chubbycheeksthinks.blogspot.com/

  24. Let's Just Give It Away // April 2, 2010 at 10:25 PM  

    Thanks for the follow. Following you back.

    www.letsjustgiveitaway.com

  25. Java // April 2, 2010 at 10:39 PM  

    Following you back!

  26. The Mommalogues // April 2, 2010 at 10:41 PM  

    Wow! I wish there were more teachers like you! I love the quote!

    I'm your newest follower!

  27. Elaine // April 2, 2010 at 11:10 PM  

    Hi....following you back from FF. I know I'm going to enjoy your blog. :)

    Have a lovely Easter weekend!
    Elaine

  28. Barbra Stephens // April 2, 2010 at 11:27 PM  

    This has always been a soap box issue of mine...who do I preach it to. Me.
    Well said...Even on the blogosphere I say we remain positive about what the good Lord gave us...after all, we still have our wits about us.
    Burn out means it's time to 'encourage thy' self-never take it out on the little ones.
    Great post!

  29. Le Chateau des fleurs // April 3, 2010 at 1:37 AM  

    I am following you now, come follow me. Happy new Friend Friday!!!
    Frenchy

  30. Sinful Southern Sweets // April 3, 2010 at 8:25 AM  

    Great post! I love that you call your kids that are sick at home. I can remember being sick at home as a child and wondering if anyone noticed that I was not there that day. Children crave attention and soak up every ounce they can get whether it is via positive or negative attention. Thank you for reminding me of that today!

  31. Milena // April 3, 2010 at 9:20 AM  

    Following you back- I can't wait to dive in and read it all-

  32. Amy // April 3, 2010 at 11:48 AM  

    Wow, this really brought me to tears. Thank you for being a teacher who truly cares, you are making a difference.

    My daughter shared with me what a friend of hers was going through at home and it makes me feel so helpless that I can't do anything for her but raise my daughter to be a good friend to others. I love how compassionate you are towards the children you teach and I'm sure you are making a bigger impact than you may ever know.

  33. Mayra, mommy to Pooh Bear // April 3, 2010 at 1:10 PM  

    Thanksfor stopping by, now following. =)

    That is such a meaningful and adorable gesture. As a child I wish my teachers would've been more like you.
    Teachers have such an impact on students. I still remember my teacher from long ago whom I stuill talk to this very day.

  34. VKT // April 3, 2010 at 5:37 PM  

    Krystin,

    Stay home as long as you can and enjoy your two children. You will never regret it and it will mean so much to them. There will be a teaching job waiting for you when you are ready to go back.

    Like I have to tell you that? lol Sheesh, listen to me sounding like a teacher.

  35. VKT // April 3, 2010 at 5:38 PM  

    Thanks Niki,

    I did get the Kitty picture and will try to sit down and do a sketch either tonight or tomorrow. I have been enjoying time with my daughter. Blessings

  36. VKT // April 3, 2010 at 5:39 PM  

    I love it too Ms. A. Have a happy Easter)))))))))))

  37. VKT // April 3, 2010 at 5:40 PM  

    Glad you like it Magic Mommy. Happy Easter to you and yours!

  38. VKT // April 3, 2010 at 5:41 PM  

    Lauri,

    I do feel so blessed to work with young children. They are so precious and help me recognize and accept the child that exists in me.

  39. VKT // April 3, 2010 at 5:43 PM  

    Dear Debbie,

    I guess I unofficially took a break too. I have been enjoying time with my family. Have a blessed Easter.

  40. VKT // April 3, 2010 at 5:44 PM  

    Dear Anne,

    It would be such a treat to have you closer. I would love to have you come and visit in my classroom. You could always come to NC for a visit sweet lady.

    Blessings

  41. VKT // April 3, 2010 at 5:45 PM  

    Theresa,

    That means a lot coming from you. I have so much admiration for you as a person and writer. I have been enjoying time with my daughter and forgot to post anything yesterday.

    Have a blessed day tomorrow.

  42. VKT // April 3, 2010 at 5:46 PM  

    Thanks TroopPetrie,

    I was already following you. Have a blessed Easter.

  43. VKT // April 3, 2010 at 5:46 PM  

    Thanks Deb. Happy Easter!

  44. VKT // April 3, 2010 at 5:47 PM  

    So nice to meet you too Lisa. I look forward to getting to know you.

  45. VKT // April 3, 2010 at 5:49 PM  

    Dear Shelley,

    I hope you and your family have a blessed Easter. I am excited to learn that your daughter wants to be a Kindergarten teacher. Tell her if she ever needs me to email her any lesson plans, materials, etc..just let me know!

  46. VKT // April 3, 2010 at 5:49 PM  

    Ellen,

    I will look for them and get them in the mail.

    Happy Easter!

  47. VKT // April 3, 2010 at 5:50 PM  

    You too Joaness! Blessings

  48. VKT // April 3, 2010 at 5:50 PM  

    Happy Easter to you too Stephanie!

  49. VKT // April 3, 2010 at 5:51 PM  

    Lol -K,

    And here they are in Kindergarten waiting by the phone for us to call. Happy Easter!

  50. VKT // April 3, 2010 at 5:52 PM  

    Thanks so much Blue Violet!

  51. VKT // April 3, 2010 at 6:28 PM  

    Thanks for your kind words SquirrelQueen! Have a Happy Easter!

  52. VKT // April 3, 2010 at 6:28 PM  

    Thanks Ode To Motherhood! Have a Happy Easter!

  53. VKT // April 3, 2010 at 6:29 PM  

    Thanks Shamrocks and Shenanigans! I look forward to reading more of your blog. Happy Easter!

  54. VKT // April 3, 2010 at 6:30 PM  

    Thanks so much Sheila! Have a Happy Easter!

  55. VKT // April 3, 2010 at 6:31 PM  

    Thanks for your comment Anonymous!

  56. VKT // April 3, 2010 at 6:32 PM  

    Santa's gift shoppe! Thanks for letting me know. I will keep it in mind!

  57. VKT // April 3, 2010 at 6:33 PM  

    Thanks Khrys,

    I look forward to reading more of your blog. Happy Easter!

  58. VKT // April 3, 2010 at 6:34 PM  

    Thanks a bunch Lisa! Have a wonderful Easter.

  59. VKT // April 3, 2010 at 6:35 PM  

    Thanks Kim! I really like your blog! Happy Easter!

  60. VKT // April 3, 2010 at 6:36 PM  

    Thanks Java! I hope you and your family have a blessed Easter!

  61. VKT // April 3, 2010 at 6:37 PM  

    Thanks Mommalogues! I look forward to following you as well.

  62. VKT // April 3, 2010 at 6:38 PM  

    Thanks so much Let's Give It Away! I hope you have a Happy Easter!

  63. VKT // April 3, 2010 at 6:41 PM  

    I am following you now Le Chateau! Have a Happy Easter!

  64. VKT // April 3, 2010 at 6:43 PM  

    Dear Sinful Southern Sweets,

    I have no doubt that you are a wonderful Mom and needed no reminder! I hope you and your family have a Blessed Easter!

  65. VKT // April 3, 2010 at 6:44 PM  

    Thanks Elaine! I look forward to reading more of yours as well!

  66. VKT // April 3, 2010 at 6:45 PM  

    Thanks Barbara,

    I am glad you like it. Happy Easter!

  67. VKT // April 3, 2010 at 6:46 PM  

    Thanks Milena,

    Happy Easter!

  68. Natalie A. // April 3, 2010 at 6:46 PM  

    Thanks for visiting my blog! I'm following you back! Have a great weekend!

  69. VKT // April 3, 2010 at 6:47 PM  

    Dear Amy,

    Thanks so much for your kind words. I do feel blessed to be working with children! Happy Easter to you and your family!

  70. VKT // April 3, 2010 at 7:37 PM  

    Thanks Mayra, I appreciate it!

  71. VKT // April 3, 2010 at 7:38 PM  

    Thanks so much Natalie!

  72. Amber // April 5, 2010 at 12:03 AM  

    I can still remember the teachers that made a difference in my life. And they did change me. When I was working in middle school ministry it was always my goal to be the person that believed in them Especially the ones that the other leaders had difficulty with...You seem like that teacher to me. :)
    Thanks for stopping by my blog. I'm a new follower.

    ~Amber @ The Mom Road

  73. May Be Miracles // April 5, 2010 at 9:09 AM  

    What an inspiring post! It reminds us all of how special God's children are! Peace, Dustine