At the beginning of the year, I signed up to help out in Ryder’s classroom a couple times a month. Â I went yesterday for an hour, and again today for another hour. Â Now, it’s beenÂ many years since I’ve spent any length of time in a classroom – and I’veÂ never been in class at a Christian school – and I learned a few things.
Yesterday I learned that my son isn’t the only child who makes incessant, annoying noises. Â On the outside, this sounds like a slam. Â But in reality, it makes me sigh with relief because if you know one thing about me, it’s that I still feel like I know nothing about boys. Â And now I know that mine is normal. Â 🙂 Â I also learned that Ryder is pretty darn attentive and obedient at school. Â I’ve been told this before, but it’s nice to see it for myself, particularly when I have a hard time eliciting the same response from him at home. Â I learned a long time ago that it’s far better to have your child be compliant and pleasant in public, and a little wild and stubborn at home, than the other way around (thanks Dani Seaton!).
Today the lessons continued. Â I learned that Ryder’s school can complete a fire drill in less than a minute and a half. Â I learned that my sweet boy is learning to read -Â quickly!. Â This might seem like a “duh” thing. Â He is in school, after all, and that’s kinda what they do there. Â And I was a teacher, after all, and taught children to read. Â But it’s totally different when it’sÂ your child. Â He was quick to call out the answers – and they were right. Â (Be still, my teacher-mama heart!) Â I also witnessed a fun contrast between boys and girls. Â At my table, we were cutting out words and sorting them into -ig and -it word families. Â 98% of the time, the boys smeared glue over their whole paper (and it was purple glue, which they all hated), and smashed the words down haphazardly. Â The girls, on the other hand, delicately swiped glue across each word, and lined them up perfectly, admiring their work as they went. Â Hysterical! Â
Ryder was chosen as the Star Student this week, and today he got to reveal the items in his Mystery Box. Â When I arrived this morning, he was seated in his teacher’s chair, fielding yes/no questions and guesses about what was in there. Â They had already discovered that he found them in Hawaii, they were heavy and hard, and probably came from a volcano. Â When one little boy asked if they were bricks, Ryder’s sweet teacher asked them to think about whether God makes bricks or man makes bricks. Â My breath caught in my throat for a minute. Â The public school teacher in me panicked a bit… what if an administrator hears that? Â What if a student goes home and tells her parents that the teacher talked about God?
And then it hit me. Â Again.
We’re in the perfect place for our family. Â My children can safely learn about the world around them in a loving environment that emphasizes God in everything they do and see.
And I was overwhelmed with gratitude. Â Again.
Can’t wait to go back next month and see what else I discover 🙂