My oldest daughter is starting kindergarten this upcoming fall. I am actually excited for her to go. She loves being around other children her age. She enjoys a stimulating environment where she can grow and learn. I know she will have a blast making new friends, enjoy learning a new routine, and going to a "big girl" school.
I am pretty sure that wherever she goes will be fine. However, I want a school that will be more than just "fine." I want a school that will challenge her. One that will excite her. One that she will be proud to go to and I will be proud to tell other parents where she goes. I want a school known for excellence, for having students with great critical thinking skills who aren't afraid of a challenge.
I want an organized classroom with clear expectations for students. I
want the classroom to have explicit, basic routines that every child can
easily explain and follow. I want my daughter to have a feeling of belonging in the classroom, a sense of purpose and contentment.
I want my daughter to have a teacher that is innovative and understands how children learn. I want my daughter's teacher to listen to her and respond appropriately. I want her to have a good relationship with her teacher so that she can ask questions and master concepts before moving on to the next. I want her to come home and be bursting to tell me all of the things she learned that day. I want her to be excited for upcoming projects and activities. I want my daughter's teacher to plan lessons that are engaging and involve music, art, movement, and everything else that my daughter might consider fun. I want an open classroom where I can observe my daughter learning at
anytime. I want to feel welcomed by the teacher and part of the learning process.
I want a safe school environment where rules are enforced and students are kind to one another. I want parents to know what their children are doing at school. I want to know the other families that are at the school. I want to know that if there is an issue with my daughter and another child, that I will be notified and the situation rectified fairly and efficiently. I want my daughter to feel comfortable with the other children and teachers and staff in charge. I want teachers and staff to be approachable, yet maintain their authority. I want the school to be fearless in trying new techniques, but to stick to something long enough to test its efficacy.
I want the teachers of the school to have a collaborative environment, where they have affable relationships and are proud of the place they work and the jobs they do. I want them to be constantly learning and tweaking and refining their practice to make their school the best possible school it can be.
I want the best for my daughter. Is that too much to ask?