Today is a day my elementary kids have been looking forward to all week.
It's Pajama Day!
And thanks to Monty loaning me his SpongeBob Square Pants jama pants the kids got a real kick out of my outfit this morning!
Today is also day 10 with no discipline slips written. I will admit that one boy was on the border this morning but was able to get himself under control -- and all the while the entire bus was so quiet you could have heard a pin drop! I think they were all holding their breath and hoping he would calm down very quickly!
Yesterday their elementary school acknowledged them over the loud speaker at school and when they got on the bus yesterday at the end of the day it was all they could talk about! They were so happy!
This morning we talked about how much more fun it is to make good choices instead of bad ones. It also brought up the discussion (again) about how no one is "bad" -- we all make both good and bad choices but we are all made good!
Each day I have posted on the ceiling of the bus the number of days of good behavior. They were thrilled to see the number 9 this morning.
As we were talking about the number one little one in the middle of the bus shouted, "can we go for 100 days?" And the entire bus had a resounding response of "yea, let's go for 100!"
Now there aren't 100 days left in the school year but you can know that I NEVER mentioned that!
We all agreed to keep posting the new number each day and see just how far they can go!
You might be wondering when all this conversation is going on? When we arrive at the school each morning we have about 5 minutes before one of the school aides comes to the bus to escort the children into the school --- so . . . what better use of those 5 minutes! It keeps them in their seats and gets them focused on something positive as they head into school for their breakfast and the rest of the day!
And even though the high school kids don't show their excitement -- I see them checking out the new posted number every day!
They have managed to not only take their seats and stay in them -- they are correcting each other when the "f" bomb flies out of someones mouth and 2 days ago one of my girls apologized to me for calling someone the "a" word (and that word is in the Bible!) I thanked her (after getting over being so shocked)!
All kids want and need structure --- they just don't realize it! These kids are beginning to actually have a bit of fun with it!
At the end of today our spring break starts -- not really all that exciting with my kids. No one is going anywhere special, their families don't have the money to do that. They haven't even mentioned it much.
So would you please join me in praying for my kids -- praising God for their good behavior and asking for His protection and blessing over them while they are out of school for the next week!
I have special gift bags for each of them as they get off the bus this afternoon -- everyone deserves some praise and thanks and love -- and I do give God the praise, the thanks and the love for once again using me and allowing me to see His hands at work!
Until next time . . . Jesus DOES love the little children! Susan and Monty