To My Firstborn’s Kindergarten Teacher

Dear Mrs. Roberto,

You don’t know me yet but you’ll notice me at kindergarten orientation. I’ll be overdressed. That’s because I don’t get out much. About a year and a half ago I quit to become a full-time mom. My oldest of three is about to start kindergarten in your class.

I was nervous about this transition but boy is he ready. I’ve prepared a list of helpful things to help you get to know him better. He’s a little quiet, and I want you to understand what an incredible, tiny human you have entering your class.

Math: He can count to 100. He won’t tell you this because he doesn’t like to call attention to himself. He’s working on counting to infinity. I realize this is impossible but he’s pretty determined, so maybe leave that detail out when you teach him about numbers. His dad’s in finance so the counting thing is something special they do together.

Geography: He’s been to Paris. He thinks Spider-Man lives at the top of the Eiffel Tower. It’s how we got him to climb the steps when we took a family trip there. If you could mention Spidey when you talk about landmarks so we don’t look like total liars that would be super.

Animals: He knows the difference between a Brachiosaurus and Brontosaurus, and other dinosaurs with difficult names that won’t auto-correct on my computer as I type this letter. We call groundhogs ‘Murray’ because Bill is my husband’s favorite actor and we think Groundhog Day is hysterical. We have several ‘Murrays’ living on our property. His uncle’s bulldog is named ‘Moose,’ and since this is the school mascot he may confuse the names, but I assure you he knows his animals.

Coloring: He absolutely loves to color and is really good at staying in the lines. Instead of ‘light’ blue he’ll say ‘fair’ blue. It’s something they taught him in preschool. We’ve been working on that, but it’s kind of adorable isn’t it?

Nap Time: Can you tuck his blanket around him like a burrito? He’ll ask for toppings like lettuce, tomato and ground beef to be sprinkled over him. Oh, and don’t forget the dollop of sour cream on top of his head. I always take an imaginary bite of out of his neck when I’m done tucking him in, but you can skip that part.

Recess: This one is important. I mentioned in the beginning of this letter that he is quiet. He takes his time reading people and situations. I used to be a reporter so he gets that from his mom. He’s a little cautious with new endeavors. But once he opens up, man is he funny! His best friend Lucas has a different teacher, and so does Sebastian from his soccer team. He won’t know anyone when he gets to school that first day. Will you help him make some new friends? I don’t want him to feel lonely. Ever.

Ryker’s Mom
First-time Kindergarten Mama

6 Comments Add yours

  1. Cute. Ryker sounds like a good kid. Funny stuff about Spiderman. I hope his teacher can appreciate his good qualities, and he will shine in the class.

    1. Roaringacres says:

      Thank you for reading. Hopefully mom will be as tough as her little warrior when I drop him off on Monday.

      1. You won’t be, but you’ll get over it. Good luck.

  2. Sharon says:

    What a wonderful letter. It will be nice as a keepsake to look back on as he grows and develops. Hopefully his teacher will see what a special boy he is and how much he is loved by his family.

  3. Love this letter and such true sentiments and we sent our littles to school. We had our first day of preK yesterday. Hope your first week has gone well! Also– we have only been here about a year but we are in cleveland too!

  4. Love this letter and such true sentiments as we send our littles to school. We had our first day of PreK yesterday. Hope your first week has gone well! Also- we have only been here just over a year but we are in Cleveland too!

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