All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten…

“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.
9. Flush.
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 FulghumAll 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.

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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.

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Has anyone ever noticed the amount of energy and patience teachers of this age group have?  God gave extra doses to these gals…

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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.

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Time to head up the mountain to the prayer chapel…

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IMG_7652Even Ocito decides to join the crowd despite the “love and affection” he’s received thus far.

After the hike, it was time for games, lunch, and roasted marshmallows!

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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.

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And, with that, we proudly welcomed “John”, “Albert”, and “Priscilla” to our family of trees.

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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

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7 thoughts on “All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten…

  1. Faith Treague

    Yes I love kindergarten. I taught it for 33 years wow. I always had that poster up on the door every year. it is so true. Love you guys God is seeming to bring the rtc ministry to the next level I nthe beginning rtc stood for riddles the clown, then reaching the children Now reaching the culture. And if you would like us to come next year. We would love you see you folks. It would be a joy to minister there. Whatever God has. Steve is working on manners matter the ones your kids helped us film in may and Tessa was in it. He started working on the Tea party part that Tessa is in today. love you so Praying for you. Blessings Faith

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    1. Sarah Post author

      God has been so faithful in your ministry…because you are allowing him to lead and guide and you wait for his direction instead of pushing forward with your own agenda. Such a great example to us all. Seriously! Looking forward to seeing all the finished episodes. Praying for you as well.

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  2. Ken Hohbach

    We are so pleased that your ministry is going well. We want you to know we pray for all of you daily.
    Your weather sounds really good this time of year when we are so cold in SD. We wish all of you a
    Blessed Christmas and HIS blessings each day in your work. Thanks be to GOD

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    1. Sarah Post author

      Thanks so much, Karen and Ken! Thank you for praying for us daily. Honestly, we know the prayer support we are receiving has upheld us through these first months! Please continue to pray that we keep focused on Christ during this season – it will be a great test for us, being away from all of those we hold dear. God bless you and Merry, Merry Christmas!

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