Kindergarten Class’ Viral Morning Ritual: 3 Life Lessons We’ve Learned

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By: Meredith Whittar | Kristina Guerrero Posted: 3:23 PM, Jun 21, 2018 Updated: 1:36 PM, Jul 5, 2018

School may be out for the summer, but one kindergarten teacher from North Texas is still giving us all lessons. Her name is Ashley Coston Taylor, and a video she recently posted has gone viral. The Facebook clip shows one of her students standing by the door greeting each student with a hug or handshake as they come into class. We spoke with the educator, and she’s letting us in on the secrets to the reasons why she started this now viral morning ritual.

1. Build a Community 

Taylor says she began her routine for a few reasons. The first was to build a community. She lets her kids decide who will be “the greeter.” “They each kind of do it their own way,” she explains, “Some hug, some might say something nice to each other…but everybody just kind of takes it and makes it their own.” 

2. To Open Communication 

She decided to post one video on her Facebook page, which quickly racked up hundreds of thousands of views. The little boy in the video is Asher, and Taylor says he didn’t start out so confident. “When he came to me, I was informed he has a disease called Neurofibromatosis 1 … it’s a disease that generates tumors in his brain, spinal cord and extremities,” Taylor said. He started the year pretty much non-verbal, but by the end of the year, he was able to take his turn as a “greeter” and say hello to every student. 

3. Learning Respect 

How we speak to each other the minute we walk into our room sets off our day, so looking at each other in the eye and saying a simple “good morning” can make a huge difference! “We really try to build a family, unity in my room,” shares Taylor. 

It all started with one moment on social media, and it’s now a life-changing gesture that’s touched the hearts of thousands.  

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