What a wonderful feeling to have someone waiting for you. This signals that you are important, that someone is looking forward to your arrival. This is how children should feel at the beginning of the school year —we teachers have been working, planning, preparing, and now we are waiting for that wonderful moment when preschool children walk through doors.
We often sing this Bev Bos song often at the beginning of our daily meeting:
“We’ve been waiting for you to come to this place
Waiting for you to come to this place
Wherever you’re from we’re glad that you’ve come
We’ve been waiting for you to come to this place.
And if you like ice cream we’ve been waiting for you.
If you’re wearing shoes we’ve been waiting for you
Wherever you’re from, we’re glad that you’ve come,
We’ve been waiting for you to come to this place.”
(The “If you …” changes every day!)
God also wait for us – he longs to be gracious to us. He wants to hear what we have to say; he is always glad that we’ve come. His mercies are new every morning. And how do we show this in a preschool classroom? How do we welcome each child with joy – the sense that “We’ve been waiting for you!”
I remember coming home from college and my mother coming out the back door to greet me when the car pulled into the driveway. And always the house smelled of something baking so that I would have that good aroma to welcome me. That’s what preschool should be like – someone has been waiting for you with open arms. You are welcome here!