“I like a teacher who gives you something to take home to think about besides homework.”
– Lily Tomlin
One of the things I loved most about the kids’ preschool was its emphasis on the value of learning through play. Sure, they had circle time and calendar time, but their primary focus was hands on activities that engaged every child. A morning filled with active learning that was so exciting the kids never felt like they were being schooled.
Kindergarden was a rude awakening for us – nonstop schedule from day’s start to final bell, nightly homework – even their snacks were eaten while working. I thought that was sad, but then I met someone whose preschool child was sitting at a desk and bringing home worksheets. Preschool!
The best teachers inspire. Motivate. Light the spark of curiosity that drives a child to look further, discover more. That doesn’t typically involve worksheets; then again, the best teachers already know that.