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Simon Jacobson, Pablo Casals, Clarence Budington Kelland,
Book of Proverbs,  Judy Johns, Book of Matthew


Dear Readers,

We often learn from strangers. When I see a kindness done, I am reminded to
follow suit. When I see rudeness, I am reminded of the last time I was rude, and
I vow to be more careful. And so we teach each other as adults. But children--
sponges on popsicle sticks--assume that whatever an adult does is okay to
emulate. We teach them without ever saying a word. It's a little frightening to
ponder. Which is why those who formally educate children need our prayers.
Their effect is tremendous. But then, so is ours; what child might have seen
us roll our eyes at an errant remark, or heard us curse the driver ahead?
We are all teachers of the children, our future leaders.

- Lisa

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Because life is a continuous education for all of us,
teaching is a lifelong obligation and responsibility
for all of us. We should not look upon this as a
burden, for the very at of teaching is a vital
ingredient in our own education.

Your students--who really include anyone with whom
you communicate--sharpen your tools of communication
and introduce you to a new dimension beyond your own
experience. In order to teach a student whose mind is less
developed than your own, you must reach deeper into your
own mind and heart--and the farther you want to reach
out, the farther you must reach within yourself.

Excerpted from "Toward a Meaningful Life:
The Wisdom of the Rebbe Menachem Mendel Schneerson,"
by Simon Jacobson
Perennial Currents, 2002


The child must know that he is a miracle,
that since the beginning of the world there
hasn't been, and until the end of the world
there will not be, another child like him.

Pablo Casals (1876-1973)
Spanish cellist and conductor


My father didn't tell me how to live;
he lived, and let me watch him do it.

Clarence Budington Kelland (1881-1964)
American writer


Education is not just the skills to make a living;
it is learning to understand life itself.

Excerpted from "Toward a Meaningful Life:
The Wisdom of the Rebbe Menachem Mendel Schneerson,"
by Simon Jacobson
Perennial Currents, 2002

Italian street-women crossing with a child
   Photo by Chuck Bowman       All rights reserved

Train the youth according to his way;
even when he grows old, he will not swerve from it.*

*The effect of a proper upbringing is lifelong, but in raising
a child, parents and teachers must take careful account
of his ability and personality.

Proverbs 22:6
The Stone Edition Tanach


The following story is contributed by my friend, Judy.
She took a reference I made last month (Who's Got Your
)to the old  American television show "Romper Room,"
and turned it into a fun Sunday School lesson for her class.
It was so inventive and successful that I present it here
to further inspire anyone who teaches anyone else anything!


"I told you I was going to use your magic mirror Romper Room memory
in my Sunday School class for my 5 year olds and I did this weekend.
I took a large magnifying glass and told the story of the four friends taking
their paralyzed friend to see Jesus.  Every time I looked through my Jesus
magic glass, they were to say 'See me, Jesus.'  I told the story I'd written and
every other sentence I'd end by looking though the magnifying glass at the
kids and they'd all shove their little hands up into the air yelling, 'See me Jesus.'
It was such fun. Anyway, your memory on last week's site gave me the brilliant
idea and the kids loved it! They each got a chance to look through the Jesus
magic glass and laugh at how everyone's eyes and nose looked in the funny glass.
Then we used one of the nap cots in the classroom and each child got a chance
to play the paralyzed friend with all of us lifting the cot and carrying
them across the room and then being healed. It was a big hit!"

"I'm glad God sent His message to the kids through me via you.
It's fun how God works that way. As you say, blessings are like a ripple
in the water moving out to touch others in its wake. They loved the carrying
each other on the cot gig. One boy who's in Pre-K at our All Saints school
told his teacher about it (she teaches Sunday School with me but was not
in class this week). She said he so enjoyed it and hoped they could do
the same thing in weekday class. She's on the hook now!"

"This Sunday, we're doing the lost sheep and lost coin story,
so I'm gonna pull out my Jesus magic mirror and we'll go searching
for lost sheep and lost coins around the classroom. It should be fun,
like an Easter egg hunt. Thanks again for the God-given inspiration."

-Judy Johns


Above all, remember this: Words that come from
the heart enter the heart. As a teacher, you must
mean what you say, and you must be a living
example of what you teach.

Excerpted from "Toward a Meaningful Life:
The Wisdom of the Rebbe Menachem Mendel Schneerson,"
by Simon Jacobson
Perennial Currents, 2002

The Last Word:

Then were there brought unto him little children,
that he should put his hands on them, and pray:
and the disciples rebuked them.

But Jesus said, Suffer little children, and forbid
them not, to come unto me: for of such is
the kingdom of heaven.

Matthew 19:13-14
The Holy Bible
King James Version





























































Utterly Random Bonus Quote:

The man who makes no mistakes does not usually make anything.

Edward Phelps (1822-1900)
Lawyer, second controller of the United States Treasury


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