Aim to walk in the door one minute before your scheduled time.
If you are the first student of that portion of your teacher's day and it isn't your lesson time yet, take a book. You should not expect the teacher to start the lesson early. Without a doubt there are a myriad of details and chores requiring the teacher's attention. Don't be insulted! The teacher just has to shoehorn in as much as possible during non-teaching time.
Still and all, the best time to arrive is one minute before your lesson. You won't feel put out and the teacher won't feel bad because he is unable to start your lesson ahead of time.
Note: The teacher goes by her watch. It may be a minute or so ahead of or behind yours, but it all comes out in the wash because a minute is the same duration, no matter when the "clock" on your lesson starts ticking. If your lesson "starts late," be aware that it will "end late," too!
Parents: Please do not drop your child off early to the lesson unless you have asked the teacher's permission. A child finds it hard to wait five minutes and can find ways to get into trouble during that short period. If you must bring your child early (and have the teacher's permission to do so), stay with him until the lesson begins and then dart out on your errand. A teen can be trusted to read a book or do homework if she arrives early (but ask the teacher's permission!), but an elementary school-age child cannot. Don't ask the teacher to babysit!
copyright 2002, Martha Beth Lewis, Ph.D.
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