One of my favorite moments this week was sharing time in a 1st grade classroom, hearing their thoughts and ideas about this b.i.g. word commitment.
Chester and I took our spots in front of the students....and I asked the question, "Who can give me some ideas about what commitment might mean?" Hands popped up everywhere.
It means keeping a promise, even when it is hard.
It means doing what you say you will do.
It means sticking with something, even when it would be easier to quit.
Seriously -- these little first graders have such HUGE hearts and BRILLIANT minds and INCREDIBLE wisdom. Tears welled in my eyes as I listened to their heartfelt responses.
And, with these dazzling definitions ringing in all of our hearts,
I went on to explain about my commitment to Mr. Chester.
First, I showed the students his puppy picture! Of course we all oohed and ahhed at his cuteness. Who wouldn't want to bring home this bundle of love? Next, I explained that bringing him home meant I was making a promise, a commitment, that I would take care of him faithfully for all the days of his life. Even on days when I was a sleepy head. Even on days when it was cold and blustery and rainy. Even on super-hot days. Even on days I was sniffly. And on days I could not be with him, I promised I would find a super-subsitute who would take really good care of him.
What emerged as I shared about my commitment to love and care for my best-canine-buddy, was a beautiful picture of what happens daily in the lives of students at Almond Acres Charter Academy ~~ a commitment to educate and care for the whole child: Heart, Mind, Body, Soul.
Together, we discovered how my commitment to Chester, takes really good care of his Heart, Mind, Body, Soul.
I FEED him everyday. And give him FRESH WATER. BODY
I LOVE him. Everyday I give him hugs, affection, and kind words. HEART
I EXERCISE him. Everyday he gets a walk, run, or bike ride. BODY
I TRAIN him. Everyday I teach him good manners and
help him to be a good citizen ! MIND
And putting all of these together -- nurtures Chester's SOUL
Thank you First Grade, you are wonderful students and teachers.
Chester and I love you!