If you didn’t know, I’m also a kindergarten teacher and absolutely love it! My days are filled with curious eyes, and an abundance of hugs and kisses! I’ve been teaching English to the same class for two years and in a few weeks they will graduate. We’re busy preparing our graduation play (I’m the momma duck) and learning our graduation songs. The parents asked me to write a letter for a book they are preparing. I was told it brought tears to the mothers and my principal. So I’m sharing it with you!
Dear Upper Class of 2013,
Wow! Congratulations! Can you believe how fast the last two years have flown by? I still remember the first day of school: it was your first day at Victoria Kindergarten and my first day teaching in China. We were curious, excited, and a little scared. The weeks passed, the weather became cooler; I learned your names, what you liked, and we grew closer.
I’ll never forget the wonderful memories we’ve made together… the wild Friday afternoon dance parties, the twinkle in your eyes when you understood what I was teaching, the excitement in your voices when you started reading words, how proud you were of losing your baby teeth, the Chinese lessons you gave me during lunch and tea time, and how every Monday you would tell me what amazing things you did on Saturday and Sunday with your family.
I’ll miss being the monster and chasing you on the playground, the endless hugs and kisses I get every single day, the hilarious things you say (you’re all super funny), the “pick a number” game when we line up, how quickly you learn English songs, watching your spectacular dance moves, playing monkey mommy and monkey baby outside, pretending to be dinosaurs and princesses, and cuddling in our class library while I read you a book.
Watching you grow, learn, and discover the world around you has been such a pleasure for me. You are the smartest and most creative children I have ever met. Your laughter and sweet smiles make my days better. Your imagination and love for life is contagious.
I wish for you to smile forever, remember how special you are, always learn something new, stay curious about life, never forget me, and most important, be happy forever!
I will miss you more than words can say. Please keep in touch and visit me next year. I definitely want to hear about your new school, and all the wonderful new things you are doing!