My Mom has a beaver; he is not really "hers" but he lives in the brook next to her home. Each week, he picks a night or two and rebuilds his dam from the previous week. After a busy evening and a good rain, it is often enough to make the little brook by my childhood home into a small lake. Although, the little lake is pretty and gives the local ducks a place to congregate, it drives my mom bananas. Understandably, she is afraid that the lake/pond will overflow when it rains and her cellar and her garage will flood. What a mess! Moving furniture to higher ground is not fun. My mom might have the "right" to dry land but that ingenious little beaver guy has 'rights' too; he is 'protected'. In order for two of my older brothers - who live near my Mom -to partially knock his dam down each weekend, to allow the water to drain, my mom needed to get special permission from the Environmental Protection Agency. Somehow, in spite of it all, including my brother's diligence and hard work, Beaver's foundation is so 'rock solid' that he easily rebuilds. His dam is never quite the same but always strong and magnificent.
As we head towards the end of the school year, and a May filled with Assessment, I can only hope that the children have established a 'rock solid' foundation at school this year. As we head into the warmer months, I hope that your young learner not only loves school and learning but that he/she has worked to develop great early literacy & Math skills, built on regular attendance and your family's collaboration with our faculty/school. I hope that the children in Kindergarten know at least 100 sight words and all of their letters and sounds. I hope that the children in PreK, who will be Kindergarteners next year, know the letters in their name and well as the sounds those letters make and at least 10 other letters and sounds. I hope that children in K and PreK are rote counting, sorting, classifying, making patterns and are developing good number sense. This 'rock solid' foundation and, with your help, lots of practice during the summer months, will help the children to feel and be successful in Kindergarten, First Grade and beyond. Even if we cannot remember everything we learned, or have a little trouble from time to time, we all have the ability to rebuild, just like the beaver.
I am going to head home to see my Mom this weekend. I might not see the beaver, but I will definitely see his work. Undoubtedly, it will make me think of Robertson and Captain Hunt students. #BeaverLOVE #Let'skeepbuilding
Beth Tanner, MS Ed,