My Hopes and Expectations for This School Year

4 years ago
Zach started first grade today. This morning I read him a letter I wrote to reflect on my hopes and expectations for the school year ahead. I got the idea from a blog post on The Four Wendys.

Here’s the letter:
 
Today you’re starting 1st grade. I’m so excited for you for all of the great experiences you’re going to have. You’re going to spend time with friends you made last year and make new friends. You’re going to learn more about the subjects you already love like math, science, and dinosaurs. You’re going to feel more comfortable reading and writing, and hopefully, you’ll really start to enjoy them as much as I do.
 
There will be times that aren’t so fun. There will be a lot of hard work. There will be times you won’t get along with some of the kids. Sometimes people will use harsh words or play too roughly. Sometimes that person will be you. We’ll work through it all together, reminding each other to use kind words and have peaceful bodies. You are very special. You are the only one of you there is or will ever be. I’m really grateful to be your mom. You are a very important member of our family.
 
It’s also good to remember that you’re not the only or the most important member of our family, or your classroom, or your friends. We are all valuable members of our community, and we need to take care of each other.
 
You have grown so much just in the last few months, not just your height, but in your kindness, your patience, and your creativity. I’m looking forward to watching you learn, teach, and share all the gifts and ideas you have.
 
I love you, I appreciate you, and I bless you, for you are God’s perfect child. God and I love you just the way you are.
 
Love, Momma

What are you most looking forward to or dreading this school year?
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