|Group picture after the last serbare, with my 6-year-olds, their teacher, and Santa.|
What can I give Him,
Poor as I am?
If I were a shepherd
I would bring a lamb,
If I were a wise man
I would do my part,
Yet what I can I give Him,
Give my heart.
Being a teacher at Christmas also means I recieved lots of chocolate, flowers, trinkets, and hugs from "my kids!" Here is a picture of me with a lovely bouquet from a 5-year-old gentleman who asked me in his most proper Romanian, "Young lady, would you like some flowers?"
In the midst of all our celebration also came the news of the elementary school tragedy in Connecticut, reminding me of just how precious the innocence of childhood is. Working with children can be exhausting, but the role you play in their development is both a blessing and a huge responsibility. Their attitude toward learning, their ideas of right and wrong, the way they relate to one another and to authority figures -- all of these are influenced by those first years at school and teachers who guide those experiences. In addition, as a Christian teacher, I also keep in mind that their awareness of spiritual things is in the very beginning stages. If their time at school is the only exposure they have to the things of God, as is the case with many, what kind of God am I portraying Him to be? With this in mind, I pray that each one of my students is beginning even now to see through the rehearsals and Santa appearances to what the birth of Jesus is really all about -- God our creator making Himself known to us, His creation.
|Teaching and reviewing vocabulary by reading the Nativity story. They were understandably distracted by the camera.|