Most people are familiar with the saying, “It takes a village…” Well, it’s not untrue. And this year, as my girl navigates her first year of Junior High, our village just expanded in a big way.
Instead of one main teacher all day, she now has seven. Plus one behaviorist. That’s EIGHT contacts. This is a huge shift for my kiddo for whom change is sometimes hard. Needless to say, this was also a big change for Mama who works hard to partner with the school in the best interests of my girl. The prospect of now having eight checkpoints instead of one was daunting, to say the least.
I recently needed to check in with her instructors to gauge how things were going, and address a snack situation (she needs to eat periodically during the day). So I emailed them all as a group, hoping I’d hear back from a few.
The response, however, was much more extensive. I heard back from not just a few, but ALL of her teachers. And not quick little replies, either. Fairly thorough missives about how she’s been doing in class, and any issues they see popping up. They were so genuine and detailed; it was absolutely heartening. Many thanked me for reaching out, and asked for strategies to employ with her in some areas.
The conversation had not only begun; it was flowing openly, and WELCOMED. This. Is. Huge. I know that, on the whole, teachers advocate for their students. But when you have a child with challenges, it’s not uncommon to worry that the extra work and communication needed from them may be seen as a burden. To have such an involved response is a huge relief, and helps me be more secure in the fact that they have her best interests in mind as she learns with them.
I am ever grateful for this village of ours.