Over the years I have learned many things from my students. I have learned dinosaur and animal facts, I have learned a great way to easily describe a tornado and many interesting facts about different religions and cultures. Recently I have learned that not only do the students add to my knowledge of facts, they also provide some amazing life lessons.
#1 Love yourself
It was a beautiful spring day and the whole crew was outside. I was sitting with a baby on my lap and many of our students around me.
One of the children said “Ms Kelly, who is your favorite person in the world?”
I said that was a hard question and I was trying to come up with an answer. Some of the children were helping me try to figure out the right answer.
We decided that it couldn’t be one of them because I love them all. It couldn’t be one of my own children because I have three and love them all equally. One of the children said it should be my granddaughter because I only have one grandchild.
I was ready to settle on that answer when a very wise 7 year old said “Ms Kelly the answer should be you, it is very important to love yourself.” I could not argue with that answer and we then got into a great conversation about why self love is important.
#2 Check in on your friends
Everyone was getting ready to go outside one morning, one of the children stopped to use the bathroom on the way out. Another child got their coat on and was heading to the back door when she stopped at the bathroom door. I was prepared for a typical 3 year old interaction, perhaps she was going to ask when the other child was going to be finished or tell them that she needed in.
I was not prepared for what she actually said.
She opened the door just a crack and said “Are you doing ok?” to which the other child said “Yes, I am, thank you for asking.”
I guess you could say I learned two lessons from this encounter, lesson one was the importance of checking in with our friends to make sure they are okay and lesson two was to stop underestimating how kind our students are.