Persistent lateness effects all members of the classroom, not just the tardy child. The flow of the lesson is disrupted as the teacher stops teaching the class to help the child get organized and settled in.
The instruction the late child receives is not as thorough as the one received by the rest of the class. It simply can't be. While the teacher is working with the late child, the disruption causes issues for the other students.
It's also an unsettling way for a child to start their day. Adults can relate to walking into a business meeting, lecture or workshop late. We feel "off" for a while and we're reluctant to ask questions and participate fully for fear that we're missing key information that was covered before we arrived. And it's important, from a young age, we teach children habits they'll need when they enter the workforce themselves.
There's a sparkle that's missing when a child comes to school late consistently; even when it's only a few minutes. It takes a while for them to fully settle in for the day and over time, that really takes a toll on an individual.
I begin each morning by greeting my students in the hallway with a handshake and a brief conversation. A late child is not able to participate in this important part of our day.
Kids deserve to get the most out of their school day (and it's a very full one in Room 208).I hope you'll support your child, his/her classmates, and me by arriving to school on time.