KINDNESS IN ACTION
My son lost his tortoise this week. He shared his sad experience during Circle Time. Immediately after his share, his classmate exclaims, "We need to make posters for his lost tortoise!!!"
So during social studies class (we're learning about communities and how people in communities help each other) we made posters. Have you ever read A Sick Day for Amos McGee by Philip C. Stead? If you haven't, you must. It's a sweet story about a caring old zookeeper. The animals at the zoo are his absolute best friends. Tortoise plays tag with him, Penguin sits quietly with Amos, Elephant is his chess mate, Owl shares her love of stories with him, and Rhinceros always needs a handkerchief from Amos. When Amos gets sick, his friends end up going to his house to take care of Amos.
Well, this activity reminds me of that book. My class put kindness into action by helping Malachi find his tortoise. It was so touching that it brought a tear to my eye. Teaching is such a taxing, tiring, and stressful career. And it's moments like these that make me fall in love with teaching again - my students' hearts. Their pure, inoccent, and caring hearts.
... and back to the posters ...
I laminated their posters because I wanted them to last a while.
When we got home, Malachi and I went around our neighbood to hang the posters. So far, we haven't had anyone call us regarding our tortoise, Donashello, but if you happen to see a tortoise wandering aroud, give us a call. I'll keep you all updated too. Christine