“These are the things I learned (in Kindergarten):
1. Share everything.
2. Play fair.
3. Don’t hit people.
4. Put things back where you found them.
5. CLEAN UP YOUR OWN MESS.
6. Don’t take things that aren’t yours.
7. Say you’re SORRY when you HURT somebody.
8. Wash your hands before you eat.
10. Warm cookies and cold milk are good for you.
11. Live a balanced life – learn some and drink some and draw some and paint some and sing and dance and play and work everyday some.
12. Take a nap every afternoon.
13. When you go out into the world, watch out for traffic, hold hands, and stick together.
14. Be aware of wonder. Remember the little seed in the Stryrofoam cup: The roots go down and the plant goes up and nobody really knows how or why, but we are all like that.
15. Goldfish and hamster and white mice and even the little seed in the Styrofoam cup – they ll die. So do we.
16. And then remember the Dick-and-Jane books and the first worked you learned – the biggest word of all – LOOK.”
― Robert Fulghum, All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten
We had the great privilege of having the entire Kindergarten class from Alliance Academy International come out last week for a field trip. This excursion was a reward for the completion of their unit on cooperation, self-control, patience – all the things that we start working on at an early age, but never truly master. Personally, it’s that whole Fruit of the Spirit that continues to trip me up…I’m definitely a work in progress. But, I digress.
What a fun sight to see – two buses filled with 40+ kindergartners, 20+ parents, and all the energetic teachers. After a quick bathroom break, they headed into the conference room to sing some songs before venturing out for adventure.
Has anyone ever noticed the amount of energy and patience teachers of this age group have? God gave extra doses to these gals…
The kids were eager to head out on a tour of the property and get a first hand look at where they would spend the day.
Time to head up the mountain to the prayer chapel…
After the hike, it was time for games, lunch, and roasted marshmallows!
The final activity for the day, showcasing how everyone needs to work together, was the planting of trees. Each class was able to work together to plant, water, and name a special tree. Brad and Dale were able to talk about God’s creation and how important it is for all of us to have deep roots in order to weather the storms, the droughts, and branch out.
And, with that, we proudly welcomed “John”, “Albert”, and “Priscilla” to our family of trees.
What a great day full of ways to practice the character traits that are truly important and will be in process for a lifetime. These kids are off to a great start, with a foundation on which to build. We’re happy that we were able to be a part of their day, and look forward to seeing these kids become more “rooted” in the years to come. Just as we will continue to water John, Albert, and Priscilla to assist them in their growth, we know that the teachers and staff at AAI will work to grow the seeds that have been planted in each little life. We’re excited to be able to play a small role in this ongoing ministry.
They will be like a tree planted by the water that sends out its roots by the stream. It does not fear when heat comes; its leaves are always green. It has no worries in a year of drought and never fails to bear fruit.” Jeremiah 17:8