Dear Emily's current teacher,
You know - I swore I was never going to be one of "those" parents...and to date I haven't. I don't do her homework - at least not with my knowledge or consent. There are times she tricks me into giving up information, but I swear that I am attempting to enforce the "Your homework - Your effort" rule.
And I like how you had the child and parent write out and sign the Plan for the upcoming oral report she will be doing. You made it very clear that this was a project which needed to be thought through - planned for, and rehearsed.
What I think you and I both forgot is that I am, at heart, a teacher. And prep work makes me weirdly happy. So once my kid decided on a topic for "Over the Hills and Far Away", I was off like a shot. Truth be told Emily does know ALOT about the topic of Hogwarts - which was her decided topic. I do too, as a matter of fact. This will help the parent-child connection to be sure.
What you didn't know, and I wasn't externally aware of was my insane need for excellence in Props. There will be no crappy drawings of House crests. Emily now has a beautiful silk banner depicting all four houses.
Did you know that JK Rowling wrote two faux textbooks for the Harry Potter series? I didn't at first - but Emily has those now too.
I can't help but think that the building cards we found to create a Hogwarts will be fun and so impressive. How great the 3-D model of Hogwarts will be to really bring home the visual space.
And Quills. We found Quills and ink in real bottles and parchment. Enough so that the children can give the quills a try with the fancy tips and each get a piece of parchment of their very own...Of course, there will be demo pieces with ribbon tied around, just like the kind the students need to hand in to their professors.
Did I mention the Bertie Bott's every flavor beans? And Chocolate Frogs? For tasting you know.
This doesn't make me one of those parents does it? The 150 bucks I dropped on props?
Sigh. I would SO ace third grade.