Tonight was Back to School Night at Nana Bear's elementary school. So far this year, I have not been as present as school as I have in past years. Nana has decided that she doesn't want me waiting with her in the mornings and now that Dare Bear is going to pre-school that is nearby the elementary school it is just as easy to just drop her off and then drop him off. But I miss chitchatting with parents or teachers before school and feel a little disconnected.
So, tonight was one of the first opportunities to get a feel for the teacher. So far, he's been great - e-mailing at the end of the first week, over the weekend no less, sending out reminders for picture day, etc. BUT, of the two 2nd grade teachers, he is also the less structured teacher and when it comes to school stuff, I'm all about structure, comforted by structure. Nana, however, has been very happy and extremely excited to be in this class.
He answered a lot of good questions from the parents and in a thoughtful manner. I like his philosophy and more importantly, I think his style suits Nana well and also balances out my tendency to be strict. He raised many good points and this year will be learning experience of both Nana and I, but in a good way.