Summer Parent Partnerships (part 4)

ImageThe children were brought to Him (Jesus) that He might lay His hands on them and pray. The disciples rebuked the people, but Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me and do not hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of heaven.” And He laid His hands on them and went away. Matthew 19:13-15

Benefit #3: You will greatly bless the children in the classes.
Don’t ask me to explain it but whenever Brad and I discuss which class we’re going to volunteer in Kaeley, the nine year old, goes crazy with excitement and begs us to work in her class. I always want to remind her, “Honey, you’re homeschooled. I’m your teacher 95% of the time. You don’t really want to be around me that much, do you?” Goodness, I don’t want to be around me 95% of the time! But, no, she insists that she wants me to be a teacher in her class. It’s not because I’m an exceptionally good teacher by any means. I am quite average at the most. But I’m her average teacher.
I asked Kaeley why she liked having parents in the classrooms. After a few minutes of wrinkled brow and she slowly answered, “We like our teachers, but parents are just different than teachers.”
There seems to be a pride in showing their parents off to the classmates. But there’s also a pride in showing the classroom and the classmates and the class routine off to the parents as well. To show love by volunteering your time into your child’s class is to invest in what is important to your child.
On the flip side Victory Ludwig asked her girls what they liked about having parents in the classroom and they had a different perspective. “…they said that they love when their own parents teach the class, but also how much they enjoy being in there when one of their friend’s parents are teaching. They said it is fun to get to be with those parents and learn from them.”
Lisa Larking confirms, “Children (usually!) love knowing that their parent will be in the classroom and are so proud to tell everyone.  Sometimes parents would rather not serve in their child’s class- they are welcome to serve in a different classroom!  The kids sometimes have trouble with the different faces in the classroom, but when a friend in the class introduces their parents, it makes the transition easier.”
Parents, please bless your children and their friends by signing up to volunteer in Children’s Ministry, this summer!
Sign ups are either at the CM welcome center or via email

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