First Grade is such an exciting year for you and your child. It's a year of incredible growth and change. The world will begin to come alive in brand new ways as your child learns to read, express thoughts in speech and writing, solve problems with a new understanding of numbers, science, people, and places. It's a time to be curious and wonder, to think about others, and to think about oneself and how to contribute to this brand-new world as independent skills begin to take shape. The changes are profound and often surprising. They can even elicit a bit of nostalgia as our children become more and more self-sufficient. This is a year to embrace who your child is becoming, but also a time to celebrate who they are right now!
As Fred Rogers wisely said, "I don't think anyone can grow unless he's loved exactly as he is now, appreciated for what he is rather than what he will be." That is especially true for your first grader. It's going to be an exciting year that requires a great deal of trust and support. I consider it an honor to be part of that journey!
Thank you for the opportunity to work with you and your child this year.