Back to School, Back to Reality

Phew, it’s been a while! This summer had us running all over with birthdays, dance recitals, a wedding, bbqs, staycations, county fair, a trip to NorCal and just fun times with family. (Wow, I really should do a Summer Recap post!)

But, now it is back to reality.

(Did anyone else start singing the song right there? You are welcome!)

Koa starts school again next week. He is in preschool still, just at a different school. We met his teacher on Tuesday and Koa is super excited to go back to school, and that makes me so happy. All I want is for him to love school. I never want for him to dread going to school. I want him to love learning, and enjoy it. He had a wonderful teacher last year (well, the assistant teacher) that he just adored, and she made sure that everyday was fun. I am confident that this year will be the same.

Last year I wrote this post with a questionnaire to give to your child’s teacher. It’s proven to be a popular post so I thought I’d share it again. We gave it to Koa’s teacher when we met her on Tuesday. She said she had never been given anything like that before, and she looked so excited while she filled it out.

Something as minuscule as handing your teacher this paper, shows them that already, before the year has even officially started, you are already thinking of them. It shows them that we already appreciate all he/she will be doing for our child.

I want to know what her favorite drink is so that I can swing by McDonald’s on my way to pick him up and have a large Coke to hand her when I sign him out. That Coke could help her get through the next 3 hours of the day.

I want to know what her favorite snack food is, so maybe when I am grocery shopping this week I can pick her up a box of Wheat Thins so she has a little something to munch on when she doesn’t have time for lunch.

I like to know when her birthday is and what her favorite flowers are so I can have my son walk her in a small bouquet of daisies on her special day. Teachers go to work on their birthday too. While they celebrate each child’s in the class, they themselves are rarely celebrated.

Knowing what her favorite places to eat at or shop at make gift giving at Christmas or Teacher Appreciation week a breeze.

It’s knowing these little things about her that make all the difference. It’s the little things that can turn a day around, just knowing that she is appreciated.

So, print off the questionnaire and give it to your child’s teacher tomorrow. I promise he/she (and you) will thank me!

And thank your teacher while you’re at it. School has barely started, but I assure you, your teacher has been hard at work for months preparing for this year. She deserves that Diet Coke and a bag of M&Ms.

Click HERE to print the questionairre


  1. Leah says:

    This is such a thoughtful idea. Being a stay at home mum of 2 is hard enough so I have the utmost respect for teachers that’s for sure! My 3-year-old starts preschool next year so I will pin this to share with the teacher when we start. 🙂

    • Keala says:

      Haha I know right?! When I was teaching I loved when a parent would surprise me with a Diet Coke. Even without filling one of these out hey all knew I was a Diet Coke addict. Haha. Definitely bookmark this for her for next year!

  2. candy says:

    Haven’t had anyone going back to school in a long time. Sounds like this questionnaire you made worked really well. Nice to have a teacher who would take the time to fill it out.

  3. Vicki @ Babies to Bookworms says:

    I love love LOVE this! I am totally saving this for when my daughter starts school! I was a teacher in a daycare and in elementary schools and so I know how much teachers would love and appreciate this! I’m kind of mad I didn’t think of something like this myself! Haha. Great post!

  4. Clair says:

    This is such a fantastic idea! I am all about Teacher Appreciation, and think this would make it even better to know exactly what the teacher likes! Pinning and doing this for my kids’ teachers ❤️

  5. Nicole Flower says:

    I love this Keala and I am so glad Koa is enjoying school! We had a print out just like this at my daughter’s school last year and it was so helpful! I am going to print yours out and pin it for later!

    xo, Nicole

    • Keala says:

      Thanks so much Nicole! It’s so important to show those teachers we appreciate what they are doing. I love hearing that her school did it for the teachers! That’s awesome!

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