First let me say, I have some great pics to share soon, but my camera battery died so the download will have to wait.
So instead I am going to get on my teacher soapbox and tell you what I wish every parent in my class could know.
1. Treat your child's teacher as a professional who (just like you) wants the best for your student. (I understand there are some who may lose this respect, but hopefully that is the exception, not the rule.)
2. All children are capable of misbehaving. They have a choice and responsibility for their behavior. Don't automatically blame the teacher.
3. Volunteer - If you can't come in during the day because of work, ask if there is something you can take home and do.
4. Homework is not meant to ruin your life.
5. Don't disrespect the teacher in front of your child.
6. No more mugs. Find out what the teacher likes if you are going to give a gift. If you don't know, buy a gift for the classroom (i.e. books, book gift cards, supplies, etc.)
7. Never use the phrase, you work 7-3 and get 3 months off in the summer. It just isn't true!
8. Read the stuff we send home.
9. Send a note or word of encouragement if you see or something you like. If you are REALLY impressed with something, tell the administration.
10. Choose an appropriate bedtime.
11. Show interest in your kids work.
12. Read at home.