Five days of school is just not enough sometimes, or so it seems for many of the habitants of the GLA Toddler House. Ten year old Judith took it upon herself this morning to call class together and give her peers a refresher course on all that she had learned over the week.
Grabbing an old piece of 24”x48” plywood that has been used for everything from skateboard ramp to makeshift club house roof, she set it up on a ledge and proceeded to use sidewalk chalk she had won for good marks on her spelling test to write out this week’s nouns.
She recruited her brother to form two rows of chairs in front of the board facing her. And then called “class” to order. Jonel would have nothing to do with it… an hour of a school a day is too much in his mind, let alone the five that he is required to participate in, and he was definitely not going to voluntarily attend school during prime play time. But willingly Montesquieu, Nepthalie, Edelyne, and several others rushed over to be included and find their spot.
Judith welcomed Nanny Edlyne and Sé Clarna as they pulled up chairs behind the last row, and then began first by calling upon Minoucar to come to the front and pray. With arms crossed and eyes closed Minoucar led her fellow students in a prayer of thankfulness, at which time hoping not to disturb them Joyce silently found a seat and bowed her head in prayer. “Amen,” heads raised, “Mademoiselle” Judith’s gaze fell on Joyce, “Joyce, would you please get up and give Minoucar her seat back so we can begin our lesson,” came her warm but firm direction. No tardiness accepted, no matter how popular the late comer.
Judith did a wonderful job teaching the kids what her lessons had been and most impressively speaking positive words of encouragement to them often and praising them for their efforts. I am quite sure each child who participated in class this day walked away with their heads held high feeling the pride of a lesson in self-confidence. It is amazing how God uses them each to minister to each other in ways that none of us can.
Posted on Sat, November 13, 2010