Today I was remembering how most parents sheepishly bring their kids to school for the first time. I think most parents “hope” their kids show signs of intelligence of the higher level, show the teachers that they know lots of things already, and, well, the main thing is that the kids make their parents look good in the eyes of the teacher. And it is a strange thing to see because those kids stepping into the school for the first time are NOT brain dead. The information, useable knowledge they’ve proven at home, the skills they have already worked on and raised the level of in language, math, science, social studies, history and math, and even in some fine motor skills, if all typed out could fill an entire pack of new typing paper on both sides, in my opinion. Yes, that means most of those 4 and 5 year old kids have that much info packed into their fast working, non-incumbered brains. Parents should never think that teachers will now “set my kid right”, “get my kid started on learning things” or “make my kid bright”. When your child steps into an “official” school, they are actually transferring from the ” experiential school of home” to a “structured system of learning things” school. Parents, Family and Friends are always every child’s first set of teachers. And remember this, too, parents. This is what I always told my student’s parents. ” I, the teacher, work FOR YOU first and the school second. I have your child for at least one-third of their day, 5 days each week on the average. If I do something you don’t like or don’t understand, tell me and talk to me. If I mess up on something related to your children and their education, tell me. We’ll collaborate together. You are a part of my team to care for your child. I am never above you in any way. I honor you as parents and I always believe you really care how your child is taught.” Teachers are guides, not kings and queens. Have confidence in yourselves, parents. Keep track weekly of what is going on in that third of your child’s daily life experiences. It keeps a smoother and more successful process.