Picture the scene:
The school gates open. I wander around to our little bear’s classroom and wait for her teacher to open the classroom door to signal the end of the school day.
While I wait, I chat to some of the other parents. Nearly 6 (!) months into school and we know bits and pieces about each others’ lives now.
We comment on the coughs and colds that are still doing the rounds.
We chat about the up-coming school trip.
Yes, we fit a lot into the 10 minutes while we wait!
Then we hear a familiar click. The door is opened and our little ones are let loose!
Our little bear is called and I always make sure I have a smile to greet her with… no matter how busy my day has been or how tired I am.
Well this was one of those lovely days that she got various stickers and they were all proudly displayed on her top.
One particular sticker really caught my eye. It was a familiar gold ‘Principal’s Award’.
Now, our little bear has got 8 of these stickers to date; for good work in class, good homework and team work.
But this one was a new design. I was intrigued and, as always, I told her ‘well done’ and asked her what she had to do to get the sticker.
“It’s for looking after my friend.”
It turns out her friend had been feeling a bit under the weather and she had looked after him.
What a lovely thing to do!
Then she proudly told me that she had 8 stickers and her teacher had told her that she only 2 more to get a reward. Each time she’s had a sticker, she’s been to see the Head.
Of course, there’s a whole string of others in her class and beyond who have been to see the Head, and a whole roll of various sticker designs. But it doesn’t stop us being any less proud of her.
And what a very important to do right from the beginning of their academic life – encouraging learning/good behaviour/team work. I could go on and on about the benefits…
That aside, my word of the week is ‘sticky’!
Linking up with Word of the Week