It’s hard to believe the school year is ending so soon. In many ways, the start of the 2018 – 2019 schoolyear seems like it was eons ago. In other ways, it feels like the first days of school were only last month. We’ve watched our children develop skills, strengthen friendships, and explore their interests.
I am grateful for the chance to see my children’s voices emerge in their writing – even when it meant staying up late or reading several editions. I am also grateful to see their hard work translating into their understanding of process – even when they didn’t achieve the hoped-for score on a test.
My children, and yours, have spent another year becoming more of who they are. It’s is a privilege to get to know them and understand them better. It’s also amazing to think back to what they were like as infants and toddlers and finally understand why they responded in certain ways. Those early years make much more sense now.
Whether your child is just beginning, in the middle of, or reaching the end of his or her academic career, may these moments at the end of the school year be filled with appreciation for the accomplishments your child has achieved over the past nine or ten months.
Accomplishments come in many forms and sometimes the smallest achievements have the biggest impact on how our children perceive themselves and their ability to navigate their lives. It’s important to acknowledge all of the steps forward our children take because there are many, many steps on the path to adulthood. May your children and mine, find that path supported by the family, friends, and caring adults they need to stay motivated and keep going.
Rachel Fisher, MA