As a general rule, I’m not a fan of Monday mornings. Who is? But since my biggest lad started school, I actually look forward to every second Monday morning. Why? I head into my son’s classroom and read with the kindy kids. It’s such a fabulous way to spend an hour.
Here are the 5 reasons I love to read with the kindy kids in my son’s class.
1. It’s kinda like being a fly on the wall of the classroom
Parents don’t often have a chance to see their child’s teacher in action. Reading with the kids lets me see how the classroom is run and what a day at school looks like for the biggest lad. The teacher runs a tight ship, and with a class full of little boys, it works very well. I’ve also picked up some of the classroom lingo which helps to encourage the biggest lad’s learning. Plus, I get to see how perfectly behaved he is at school.
2. You build an informal relationship with the teacher
When there are 24 kids in a kindy class, it’s difficult to get to know the teacher. It’s also nearly impossible to get regular updates about your kids progress. Spending a little time in the classroom has been the beginning of an informal relationship between the teacher and I. I’m hoping if there’s ever a need for more formal conversations we’ll be at ease with each other.
3. You get to know the kids in the classroom and they get to know you
I love walking into the classroom and being greeted by eager little faces and calls of ‘Hi Claire’. So darn cute. Now the kindy kids tell me little stories about their weekends or their families. It’s wonderful to get to know the kids who the biggest lad spends his school days with.
It might seem a little odd, but I also think that helping out in the classroom sets a great example for the kids. If I’m helpful and kind in the class, surely on some level that teaches them about being a helpful and kind person.
4. You see the children’s skills develop
Mostly when I read with the kindy kids we are focused on sight words. It’s amazing how quickly they are all progressing. The kids LOVE showing me which colour they are at. I’m always super encouraging and show delight when they have moved on to different colours. We high five, I give them the thumbs up, and they bask in the attention. While sight words is certainly not the way to judge your own child’s progress, it does give me a basic idea of how the biggest lad is tracking.
Another fabulous benefit of reading in the class is that it sends a subtle message to the biggest lad that I think reading, and his learning, is important. Important enough to drag my butt into class on a Monday morning!