The first few illustrations in the last blogpost, “To Educate for Peace” are pictures of our parents at the Parent/Child Open House last week.
Parents bring us to Earth and initiate us into its joys. A few more scenes from around campus illustrate just how important and wonderful our parents are:
They’re willing to get up super early to get us to school on time.
They notice things like birds and berries with us.
They are proud of us.
We know they’ll always hold us close.
They share their love of simple things — like umbrellas in the rain.
They stay in touch with our teachers.
They walk us right in — even when it’s pretty cold.
They listen to us.
They take the time to let us know what’s happening after school.
They allow time for our little morning rituals.
They know how much we love for them to just be with us.
They trust us to be responsible on the bus.
They let us carry our own stuff.
They offer gentle reminders when no one’s looking.
They follow our explanations.
Sometimes they pick us up early for special adventures.
They’d come to Parent-Child Open House in the worst of weather.
They’ll get right down on our level.
They strongly believe in our potential.
They laugh with us.
They really understand us.
Sometimes they can’t resist jumping in and helping us. (We appreciate this when we need it!)
They’re so pleased with us and with what we can do.
They like it when we make a game of learning for them.
They like us so much, they even talk about us when we’re not there.
We enjoy having our parents come to visit because we are so very proud of them.
Here is what appears in our Answers to “Frequently Asked Questions” for new parents:
Q.: What can I do as a parent, to complement the work my child gets in school?
A.: Reading is key. Read with and to your child, reading to your child at just a little higher reading level, and at the interest level of your child. Be seen reading, talk about what you’ve been reading and share the humor and new ideas you discover in your reading with your family.
Share your values, your religious beliefs/reasoning about religion, your family stories and history. Though an exploration of the Spiritual Needs of Human Beings is introduced and encouraged, Northwoods is completely non-sectarian.
Have fun and even enjoy being silly when you can. Because of the size of our groups, the safety rules may be more strict here than those you can have at home. Enjoy your children and let them know how much you enjoy time spent in their company.
How would you answer that question? What do you most appreciate about your parents?
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