"Don't cry because it's over; smile because it happened." Dr. SeussIn teaching, one goal is for students to eventually do a task on their own, without the help of a teacher. Teachers chunk or scaffold lessons so students can grasp things at their own pace. Then, we should be able (in theory) to let go and have them master a skill by themselves.
Today, we just saw my youngest off to preschool. This is no where the biggest milestone that we will see, but this is by far, the saddest to me. Sad because the little boy who, up until a couple months ago, would wake up in the middle of the night to look for me. Sad because the little boy who makes his family laugh will now be making his teachers and classmates laugh (hopefully at appropriate times). Sad because the little boy who dances and sings at random times will have to do things on a schedule not his own. Sad because his wide-eyed innocence will soon face the realities of growing up.
Kids Play to Learn." I was pleasantly surprised when the teacher provided many research-based reasons for the classroom set-up, the broken crayons, the choices of toys and curriculum. Jesse, I'm sure, will be well-prepared for his formal school years.