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

Updated on May 18, 2013

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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