Mary Sweeney | April 5 | Cougar Chronicle

Finding Joy in the Little Moments

I have always worked with young children in my career. As an educator, we focus on the many ways we can impact and make a difference in the lives of the children we teach. We spend countless hours trying to make the perfect lesson plan that will engage each child. We focus on all the key areas of development, language, gross motor, fine motor, etc. We know the importance of the social-emotional well-being of each child. While all these things hold value, finding joy in the little moments is what always kept me going as a teacher when days got hard. 

Each day, I watch you walk in with your children balancing work life, home life, and school life. I love to watch the morning routines and rituals you have with your children. I love to watch your children who stop each and every morning and look for their picture on the wall of fame and point and name all their friends, or the child who I have spoken to everyday that finally says “Good Morning”. These are just a few of the little moments that bring joy. I see them around every corner. 

How about the children celebrating their birthday, the child who learns to write their name for the first time, the group of students working together to build the tallest tower,  or walking into the studio and seeing 5 children dressed like astronauts asking me what planet I want to travel to? Not many people get the luxury of taking every bear and doll’s temperature that comes through the door. These are the moments that bring me joy. Juggling life can get busy but our favorite little people remind us daily to slow down and enjoy the small things in life. 

This week, we will be holding parent-teacher conferences and sharing spring progress reports.  This is a time for teachers to share the growth they have seen this year. Your children are changing and becoming unique in their own ways and we get the privilege to see them shine every day. These aren't the same children we sent home last spring. They have survived so many changes and we love to watch them become brave resilient little people. It hasn't always been easy but we can celebrate how far they have come. 

If you have not signed up for a conference, I highly encourage you to sign up through your Bloomz account. If a time does not work for you, please let your child’s teacher know. We want to be able to share with you and answer any questions you may have about what learning and growing is happening here at The New School.

This week, look for the small moments of joy in your everyday life. What do those moments look like for you? Your children are growing up so fast.

“Enjoy the little things in life because one day you’ll look back and realize they were the big things.” – Robert Breault

TNS Strong, 

Mary Sweeney

Head of Early Childhood

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