Appreciation Letter for the Teacher - The Best Teacher Teaches from the Heart, Not from the Book


Here is the testimony and letter of appreciation to my son's kindergarten Taska Precious Lambs (TPL) teachers. TPL is a Christian-based kindergarten in USJ4, a residential area in the state of Selangor, Malaysia. TPL teachers believed that they are not just responsible for the first three pre-school years of a child, they look beyond that, as they believe what they do in these early years are the foundation years that will shape the child’s future in many years to come.


Dear Teacher,

"The best teacher teaches from the heart, not from the book."

That's the quote I would use to describe TPL teachers. Today, my 8 year old son, ex-TPL student, took out the piles of his old preschool books to read them one by one, ignoring me as I urged him to prepare for his second year primary school. Good memories of TPL still linger in his mind - his favourite teachers, Mrs. Yoo and Miss Bridget, his dear classmates, the school work and activities.

Rabbit farm at Bukit Tinggi, Selangor, Malaysia.
Rabbit farm at Bukit Tinggi, Selangor, Malaysia. | Source


Four years ago, every Monday morning, my son would urge his father to send him to TPL early, so that he wouldn't miss the praise singing session led by Miss Deanna. Inspired by Deanna guitar playing, he has requested for guitar lessons many times. Sitting in front of Deanna and listening to her singing and guitar playing just made his day. He looked forward to it every week.

With timidity and inferiority, he started his public education journey in TPL at four years old. He was shaped emotionally and spiritually to adapt himself outside his comfort home. It wasn't easy for him, for the teachers and for my husband and me. There were difficult times and fun times, and those has prepared him for primary school. Ivan spoke mainly English and little Chinese at home, however, he was able to cope with the standard one Chinese syllabus in primary school, and excelled academically without much struggle. I think TPL Chinese standard exceeded the requirement in standard one. When the Chinese language is mastered well, the rest of the subjects just worked out beautifully.

On his first day in primary school, he was excited. The primary school is like a magnified TPL, to his pleasant surprise. The system, the structure, the teachers, the homework, the discipline, the classrooms and classmates, all seemed familiar and yet not so similar to him. He was intrigued. As parents, what can be more comforting to see such eagerness for school from our son?

I recalled how such a "baby" he was during his final year TPL concert. Girls were seen assisting the seemingly lost boy - my son. Now, in the second year of primary school, he chose to hold the responsibility of a monitor, take care of the class of 46 classmates, while keeping up the good academic work at his own will.

We were glad we made the right decision to let him start his early years in TPL.

Feeding rabbit at rabbit farm in Bukit Tinggi, Selangor, Malaysia.
Feeding rabbit at rabbit farm in Bukit Tinggi, Selangor, Malaysia. | Source

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Ingenira 4 years ago Author

thank you so much, fullheartteacher. To receive such a comment from a professional teacher really warmed my heart.


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fullheartteacher 4 years ago from Philippines

As I read your letter, I really appreciate you as a parent of the school. How it touches my heart to read such letter which for me an act of gratitude and appreciation to the work of the teachers. I wish I could find more parents like you in my journey in this world. God Bless.....


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Ingenira 5 years ago Author

Thank you, James. :)


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James A Watkins 5 years ago from Chicago

You wrote: "these early years are the foundation years that will shape the child’s future in many years to come."

Amen! That is so true. How blessed your son is to have been to this wonderful school. Thank you for sharing your story.


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Ingenira 6 years ago Author

Thanks, JayDeck. I agree with you, the "desire to learn" is more important than "how much is learnt" at that age.


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JayDeck 6 years ago from New Jersey

I- At that age and grade, the most important thing you can teach a child is the importance and joy of learning. Getting them involved in and liking learning will pay dividends throughout the child's life. This can only be done by a teacher who knows the importance and joy of learning and cares enough to make that lesson stick.

Thanks for sharing.

-J


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Ingenira 6 years ago Author

yes, some teachers read to improve themselves. Thanks, denden for dropping by to comment.


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denden mangubat 6 years ago from liloan, cebu, philippines

teachers who have passion to teach automatically finds a book that can help the students better.


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Ingenira 6 years ago Author

yes, BenjaminB, it takes more than a good book or curriculum to education children. Without the heart and passion to teach, the teacher will not go far. thanks.


BenjaminB 6 years ago

I believe that book education is important,but not the whole puzzle.A teacher with the heart and passion of a subject can convey that subject in a light that shows the practical uses in daily life.Great hub Ingenira!


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Ingenira 6 years ago Author

thanks, Deborah.


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Deborah Demander 6 years ago from First Wyoming, then THE WORLD

You make a great point, and you make it beautifully.

Namaste.


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Ingenira 6 years ago Author

Thanks, Jason. It's good to do some research (ask friends, visit some kindies) before you decide on one. I was recommended to this school by a close friend who shares the same belief as me.


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jasonycc 6 years ago from South East Asia

Totally agree with you... "from the heart". Ivan got great start at TPL. It's so difficult to get some children to pre-school.

We are a little worried too for our little boy when it's time to introduce pre-school. Will deal with that in a year's time. I have enjoyed this hub and thanks for sharing.


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Ingenira 6 years ago Author

Thanks, Prasetio. I was just thinking you might pop into this hub while I was reading your profile. Nice knowing you ! And from what you wrote, I see that you are a passionate teacher who enjoys your work and the kids grow well under your arms.


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prasetio30 6 years ago from malang-indonesia

I agree with you. As a teacher I have to say, this was a great hub. I just want to add, the best teacher is from the life experience. It trained us become good person.

Prasetio


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Ingenira 6 years ago Author

thanks, habee ! :)


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habee 6 years ago from Georgia

So true. As a retired teacher, I totally agree!


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Ingenira 6 years ago Author

thank you, rebekahELLE and Lady Guinevere.


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Lady Guinevere 6 years ago from West Virginia

I like to hear about teachers really understanding the children they teach. When we are out of school for many years we still remember those teachers that taught us well. Great hub and I hope the rest of your son's years in school are very good ones.


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rebekahELLE 6 years ago from Tampa Bay

I enjoyed reading your beautiful story. It sounds like the teachers are very warm and caring and intelligent, which is very important for those early childhood years before kindergarten. I wish more teachers understood how important a role they play in a young child's life. Thank you for writing and sharing this hub with us!

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