I just love it when my parents say, "Hey, do you have a minute, I want to tell you something". I will admit sometimes I think, Oh, NO! What have I done? What have I said.. but I always listen. I wanna know what my kids say about school at home. So anyway, the mother proceeded to tell me this story.
The other day Mikey (name changed) and I were out shopping. He was begging me to go home so he could play with his new toy that he earned this week from keeping up with his chores and not fighting with his sister. I knew that he was tired but I just needed to go to one more store. I wanted to use my Bath and Body Works coupon that was just about to expire. After a few complaints from Mikey..we were hand in hand headed into the store. It was the first time that he had ever been with me @ bath and body works. I knew that it would be boring for him but I also knew that it wouldn't take me long. As we walked in, I headed straight toward the soaps but Mikey stopped dead in his tracks. I turned back to look at him and he had a big smile on his face. I could see him taking everything in. I asked him, what are you thinking little man? He then said, I love this place. It smells just like my teacher.
I loved that she shared this story with me. It may not seem like a big deal to any of you guys but it warmed my heart. You see, I want everything about their first year of school to be a pleasant experience. I want them to experience everything using every sense. I want them to feel new things, see new things, hear new things, and smell new things. I want them to be so engaged that learning seems fun and exciting. Although, I have no clue what the store smelled like or what triggered him to think that.. I love knowing that his association with me is a pleasant one.
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