Sunday, 30 September 2012

Whose child is this?

Offline in social networking but online with kids

Our tablet was not functioning for a week because it didn't charge.  It is working now but while it was off, my kids were happy because they didn't see me - as Kyle put it, "Facebooking".   I realized that it took most of my time and less time spent with the kids.  Now they got the chance to play with me, tell their stories from school and heard stories told by me.  We had the time to walk around the block on a chilly night just to go to the library because we ran out of books to read.  I am so happy making up for the lost quality time with them. I know it is still not enough and I hope I will always remember to play with them first before anything else. Parents play a big part in the child's learning and development.  Research indicates that "children whose parents play with them ultimately develop superior social skills."

Here's a poem I found on the pamphlet from Lex Kindergarten class.  This is for the parents and teachers.

Whose child is this?

"Whose child is this?" I asked one day
Seeing a little one out at play
"Mine", said the parent with a tender smile
"Mine to keep a little while
To bathe his hands and comb his hair
To tell him what he is to wear
To prepare him that he may always be good
And each day do the things he should."

"Whose child is this?"  I asked again
As the door opened and someone came in
"Mine",  said the teacher with the same tender smile
"Mine, to keep just for a little while
To teach him how to be gentle and kind
To train and direct his dear little mind
To help him live by every rule
And get the best he can from school."

"Whose child is this?" I ask once more
Just as the little one entered the door
"Ours" said the parent and the teacher as they smiled
And each took the hand of the little child
"Ours to love and train together
Ours this blessed task forever."