We teach more than just facts or knowledge. We want children to think of others, to show love and kindness, to live out what we learn from the Bible. This week I saw kids acting in ways that showed they were thinking about others.
When we moved to our group learning time, boys and girls jockeyed for seats. R wanted to sit beside B, but there was no empty chair there. Mrs. Cindy commented that he needed to sit in an empty chair somewhere else unless someone wanted to trade for him. R sat in a chair, unhappy that he couldn't sit by B. As we were getting ready to start, C said, "R, do you want to sit here?" C traded with R - so R could sit by B. The act by C was totally spontaneous and his own idea. I smiled at the exchange, knowing that kids were learning to think beyond themselves and help others. I hope that we can have a classroom that fosters kids working together, building a community that is thoughtful, kind, and loving.