I still can’t believe that Nathaniel started school this week. It had been a bit stressful after several meltdowns when the word ‘school’ was mentioned, but Nathaniel has now been at school for 3 days and, although he’s not thrilled about going, he seems to have come around to the idea.
For me, education is far more than levels and grades. It is about growing and developing as a person. Learning is more than subject knowledge.
Here is my poem to my son, for starting school, to express this:
As I wave goodbye at the gate,
I know that I will have to wait,
Until the end of the day,
To see you at home to play.
But while you are there,
I have hopes that I must share.
So bear with me,
And listen closely.
I hope that your school days,
Will help you grow in these ways:
To learn to share and play fair,
Respect others with love and care,
Make friends that will last through the years,
Through the good times and the tears.
To learn that you have so much to give,
From being kind and sensitive,
To standing up for what’s right,
Without the need to fight.
To grow strength from within,
When tough times begin,
So you can ride a future storm,
Without the need to conform.
To have confidence to be true,
With dignity and virtue,
Held firm like concrete,
If others tempt you to cheat.
Do not become closed and confined,
But open your eyes and mind,
For an exciting journey has begun,
So enjoy the ride, my son.