Good Morning! Good Morning! Good Morning! Happy, Happy Thursday!
Now, I know that it’s not actually morning, but this really is how I greet my scholars every morning. As I walk out my door, I want to greet my students with a smile and a positive attitude. If we have something special happening that morning, such as Art or Yoga or an assembly, I can add a quick announcement, as well as let their parents know.
As my students come into the classroom I stand by the door and greet each and every child as they come into our classroom. There are so many reasons why this is a wonderful thing to do. First, if a child has been absent, I am able to touch in with that child and reconnect with them. Last year I had a kiddo who was out for a week with the flu. By standing at the door and greeting each child, I was able to touch this sweetie on the shoulder and tell her how much she was missed, and how glad we were that she was feeling better and was back. She just beamed!
Another reason to greet each child is to make a positive connection with each and every child. All of us have those kiddos who are seem to be sooo needy! My morning greeting allows me to make eye contact with that child and compliment them on their cool Ninja turtle shirt, their pretty hair ribbon, or ask if I can borrow their “too cute shoes!” I’m not even a “shoe gal”, but this just cracks them up!
Lastly, this happy greeting helps parents feel reassured that their little treasures are in safe hands (something that a parent shared with me years ago). By waiting until every child has entered into your room, parents have the opportunity to check in with you about quick little things. Many questions can be answered quickly and helps with building my classroom community and parent community.
When I used to pick my kiddos up on the playground, I used to walk down my line and greet every child. This takes a few minutes of your morning time… minutes that could be used to do two or three other quick, little things. But it is well worth it.
One final thought. Last year, after giving my over-the-top, cheerful hello, and greeting each student, a couple of moms giggled at me. Their eyes were still blurry from sleep and the caffeine from their coffee cups hadn’t quite kicked in. They wondered how I could possible be this energetic, this early in the morning–without the aid of coffee. I told them that they should see what I looked like just prior to opening the door. But by starting my morning enthusiastically, I set the tone for my entire day. It’s hard to start dragging when you’ve started your day as a cheerleader.