Monday, June 28, 2010

If it hadn't been for the dog . . .

. . . then some of the friends in Monterey County, CA (A) MIGHT have spent several months away from the children in their children’s class!  This story made me laugh, but it also made me think.  It’s a sign of the immense interest in core activities, often much higher than we assume.
Last summer in __, 2 of the friends held a children’s class in their neighborhood, and they planned to offer the class again this summer.  But apparently the children were not going to wait a whole year! . . .

One recent Sunday afternoon, __’s husband was out walking the family dog.  All of a sudden a little boy pointed to the dog and said “Hey, I know that dog!”  The boy remembered that this was the “teacher’s” dog.  The next thing __’s husband knew, an army of children was following him home!  When the children saw __, they said, “When are we having the class again?”  So she told them that she and the other teacher would come the next day!
When the 2 teachers arrived the next day, they found the little boy and his sister, who then helped them round up another 15 or so children.  One of the teachers explained to the children that because of her new work schedule, she would not be able to come to class every week, so that another co-teacher would be needed to help out.  She asked the children to raise their hand if they had an older brother or sister in high school that might like to help teach the class; one of the children said her older sister might be interested.  So she was invited to come the following week.
When the older sister came, one of the teachers gave an overview of the children’s class and invited her to join a training—she came to the __ home the following weekend and started Book 1!

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