Welcome back! The busy days of December-February got the better of me that while Joy School classes had continued, I have not been able to update this blog.
So for a quick recap, we have just concluded our lessons on the Joy of Giving of Ourselves. It was well-timed for December all the way to February, when, in the joyous season of giving and showing love, our children understood that the best presents in the world can seldom be found in the department stores. Always, we give the perfect present when we give ourselves away 🙂
We learned about Shel Silverstein’s “The Giving Tree” and a new song called “The Perfect Present.” We will be sharing this song to our ward Primary at Church in preparation for a roadshow which we will stage on May 7th 🙂
Now, this brand new unit excites me 🙂 I’ve always been a fan of setting goals. I get a huge satisfaction when I set and meet personal goals 🙂
Setting goals gives us the healthy, necessary “push” to be inspired and motivated to achieve something in life. It gives us great joy as we learn and discover more of what we can do while we strive to achieve our set goals; and also when we see the realization of our goals and how much joy this brings to us and to our loved ones.
For as far as I can remember, I’ve always written down goals and enjoyed it when I see a tick mark on each goal, one goal after another. 🙂 I learned that sometimes my goals were quite ambitious, and so because these were personal goals, I don’t resort to self-deprecating behaviour when the goal is not achieved during the timeline I originally set.
In this next unit of Joy School, our journey takes us to the joy of setting goals – from learning to zip one’s jacket, to tying one’s shoe laces or simply keeping the room clean and orderly, we’re sure to have lots of fun for our dear Joy Schoolers (Ziggy and Ate Patricia) 🙂
Speaking of Ziggy, our little man turned three last March 11th. Which means, in April, he will be attending his own advanced toddler class in another school (we chose MusikGarten) 🙂 I can’t believe it would almost be a year since we first had Joy School, and that I, too, would soon meet my goal of spending one year teaching and preparing him for kindergarten with a soul so nourished that he would radiate a zest for life that cannot be zapped 🙂
This means that pretty soon, we will be winding down Joy School Baguio (until, perhaps, the next child comes) 🙂
In this span of time, we are grateful for people who liked our Joy School Baguio Facebook Page (despite the blog being dormant for 3 months, our fan base continued to grow).
May you all be inspired to be your children’s first teachers; teaching them that above all, it’s joy in whatever they do that ultimately matters!
All the best,