25 Truths about Preschool Teachers
My son has been in preschool for over a year and a half and I’ve watched him grow in so many ways – socially, emotionally, developmentally, and cognitively. But there is one secret I want to share with those parents whose child has not yet entered this magical age… preschool teachers are amazing. Truly amazing. If you know anything about 3-year-old boys (or at least mine), you would surely understand the sort of person it takes to teach preschool. Here are some truths I’ve learned about preschool teachers over the years.
What It Takes to Be a Preschool Teacher
- They can sing a song to get a child to do just about anything. Put on your shoes, brush your teeth, clean up your lunch, go potty…there’s a song for that.
- They are incredibly patient.
- They have the superhero power of being able to know a meltdown is coming and can turn it around before anyone notices.
- They cringe when they hear, “You’re a preschool teacher. What fun that you get to play all day!”
- Preschool teachers not only teach the ABC’s and 123’s but they help grow children’s independence, social skills, and life skills.
- They love Pinterest.
- Their Pinterest projects rarely fail because they can spot the bad projects in 2 seconds flat.
- Preschool teachers know a whole lot about your personal life. Every. Embarrassing. Moment.
- But they have a secret vault where they keep these gems hidden.
- They know that hugs are like “the force” for preschoolers and they are the Yoda’s of hug-giving.
- They know that a bug on the playground is way more interesting than an expensive toy.
- They can get 10 kids to wash their hands in the same amount of time it takes one parent to get one child to do the same task.
- Preschool teachers can make anything out of a stick and some paint.
- They have a long list of names they can never name their own children.
- They are masters of multi-tasking – they can simultaneously clear up a disagreement while wiping a child’s nose and reading a book to another.
- They spend a lot of time – and money – at the craft supply store.
- Preschool teachers truly know that kids come in all shapes, sizes and attitudes.
- And, like chameleons, they can adapt their teaching to each child’s personality.
- They laugh a lot – it’s a survival skill.
- They have a love/hate relationship with glitter.
- When they say “I’m tired” it’s a whole other level of tiredness that non-teachers can’t understand.
- Preschool teachers know why outdoor play is so important and will make every attempt to make sure it happens no matter the weather.
- They wash their hands – a LOT.
- They have a big heart.
- Preschool teachers are amazing.
- E-family news: How to Prepare Your Child for Preschool
- Family Room Blog: Questions to Ask a Preschool Teacher during a parent-teacher conference
- E-family news: Fostering Social and Emotional Development in Preschoolers
- Family Room blog posts about preschool.