April 21, 2018, is National Kindergarten Day, a salute to all educators who teach kindergarten, one of the most critical years of a child’s upbringing. During this time, children transition from early childhood to school age, and the teachers who help in this endeavor are an essential part of the process.
Why is April 21st significant to celebrate National Kindergarten Day? April 21st is the birthday of Friedrich Frobel, acknowledged as the creator of kindergarten.
The History of Kindergarten
Friedrich Wilhelm August Frobel was a German teacher who realized the importance of young children learning through experience and play. He spent years continuing his learning, and after recognizing the importance of early education, he opened the Child Nurture and Activity Institute in 1837. He later renamed it Kindergarten, meaning “garden of children” in German.
Froble created the foundation for education, focusing on the individual needs and capabilities of children. Kindergarten was a way for children to transition from home to school. Frobel believed that children needed to be nourished and taken care of, just as plants did. Therefore, a children’s garden was necessary to help them move from home and into the classroom.
National Kindergarten Day
It takes a special person to become a kindergarten teacher. Not only are teachers loving and caring individuals, but they are also passionate about teaching children the skills they need to transition into the first grade. These skills typically include learning the alphabet, as well as numbers to a certain point, social skills, listening to others, and taking direction. If you find it difficult to teach any of these skills to your own child, then imagine having to teach it to a classroom filled with children. Teaching kindergarten is a calling, not a career. You don’t choose to be a kindergarten teacher; it chooses you.
The Life of a Kindergarten Teacher
National Kindergarten Day is a day to show our appreciation to kindergarten teachers all over the United States and the world. They make it possible for our children to move forward in their education and they do it because they love children.
Kindergarten teachers have a lot of the same job description as other teachers, but the main difference is that they are teaching students who are mostly new to the school experience. In kindergarten, children learn the basics of reading and writing, as well as social skills like learning and playing with others.
Some students come to kindergarten with fundamental skills, whereas others don’t have any previous education. The teacher will assess each student’s abilities. They will move forward from there, working with the class as a whole while, at the same time, working with each student individually when able.
How Can I Show My Appreciation?
Teachers do not choose this career because they want appreciation or awards. They decide to be a teacher because they love teaching and working with children. They know that making a difference in just one child’s life is worth it. On this National Kindergarten day, there are many ways that you can thank a teacher.
If your child is in Kindergarten, have them handwrite a special note or card of thanks to their teacher. You can include a gift card, or a brief thank you as well. Teachers love getting notes and cards from their students because it’s a way to keep the memory of that student in their hearts. You can also send them an email or tell them in person. Just knowing that you see them and that you appreciate their effort is enough for most teachers. This way, they know you care and that they have your support.
What Should I Include in this Thank You Message?
You can start by saying, “Thank you for all that you do.” Teachers know their hard work is worth it, but they also love hearing that you as a parent agree. Go into specifics. If there is an activity that your child particularly enjoys and always talks about, let the teacher know. Not only does it show him or her that the activity is working in teaching your child to love learning, but it also allows the teacher to find other similar ways to help motivate your child. Also, let the teacher know that you are confident that your student will succeed in the first grade and even further because their teacher believed in them and are providing them with the skills they need to move forward.
If You Are a Teacher or Know One
Did you know that there are over 150 stores across the country that offer teacher discounts and awards to teachers? With a valid ID, you can receive discounts from craft stores, retail stores, restaurants, travel companies, and technology stores. Businesses like Costco, Barnes and Noble, Bally’s Fitness and more. You can even save money on specific professional sports events in some states. For a complete list of nationwide discounts for teachers, click here. You can read through the website or download the list in PDF format.
We see you and appreciate you. We know you work hard and that you do so because you love your kids and want to see them succeed. We know that you work long hours making sure that each of your students is taken care of, and we thank you.
Homes For Heroes
Homes for Heroes offers teachers, as well as doctors, nurses, firefighters, police officers, EMTs, and military service members (retired and veterans), the opportunity to save money in the process of buying a home. When you sign up with Homes for Heroes, we will match you up with an Affiliate Real Estate Specialist, as well as a Lending Specialist, to help you find the house of your dreams. You also receive a Hero Rewards ® check in the amount of $700 for every $100,000 you spend on a home when working with our specialists. It’s our way of saying thank you for your dedication and commitment to your students and community.
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