Once in a while, I have a day like today that makes all the other days just a little “less”. Not less good or less bad, just “less”. And today was just so neat!
It started with my ABC Music & Me class that I teach in Buckhead at the Church of the Apostles. Thursday’s class is smaller than my Tuesday morning class, and this morning one child was absent, making it smaller still. Yet, there was such an energy there in that room that I wasn’t sure the building could hold it!
This was our fourth week of ABC‘s “Carnival of Music” and we have marched in parades, floated and twirled like balloons, crossed the high-wire as acrobats, roared like lions, played midway games, and picked prizes for the winners.
In the pictures above, one child is not seen that usually attends. He was sick the day that these pictures were made. He’s very quiet and, for the most part, content to sit and observe the others and the choices they make. He hasn’t spoken directly to me without prompting at any time since our classes began.
Today I saw a major shift in Anderson. Today he chose to ease over next to the Bongo bucket filled with drums when he thought I wasn’t looking. (Shhhh! Don’t tell him that I saw him!) I saw him actually reach out and touch the drums with a wondering look on his face. 🙂
Later, he chose to speak clearly, directly to me, making his choices of balloon colors known to everyone in the room. (Red and Black!) He picked out his instruments for himself from the baskets as I offered them, and, although he didn’t physically participate in the parades or balloon “dance”, he clutched his instrument carefully in his hand and gently, quietly shook it while the music was playing.
When Anderson’s mom came to pick him up from class, she reminded him, “Tell your teacher ‘thank you’, Anderson.” As I watched in amazement, he hurled himself at my legs, hugging them with all his might! WOW! What a thank you!
And, a few minutes later, as I pulled out of my parking slot in the parking deck, Anderson and his family was at their car, preparing to leave also. I realized that he wasn’t just waving at me, and lowered my window to hear him shouting, “BYE! BYE! BYE!” at the top of his voice. It echoed over and over through the parking deck. Grinning from ear to ear, I waved and replied, “Bye, Anderson! See you next week!”
As I told his mom, I think he’s warming up to me! <grin>
Then this afternoon, as we enjoyed our Family Time class in Decatur, I know that I was again grinning like a Cheshire Cat when I realized that one of our classmates who is usually very quiet was mouthing the words to our storybook, “Bouncing on the Bed”, as I read them, and looking me straight in the eyes. *PLUS* I could hear him singing on several of the songs. What an accomplishment for someone who has sensory integrative issues to deal with on a daily basis! You rock, Will!
I see the magic of Kindermusik over and over again, and it never ceases to amaze me what it can do for a child – socially, emotionally, physically, mentally, and, yes, even spiritually. Both of these boys, in these instances, have grown and developed in just the past three weeks! They have begun to trust and interact with me and others in their classes.
I see this and I am grateful beyond words for the joy and privilege of teaching Kindermusik. Thank you, parents, for entrusting me with your children. I cherish the opportunity to share my music with them and you.
~~~~ “Shalom Haverim, Shalom Haverim, Shalom, Shalom!~~~~
~~~~”May peace be with you, may peace be with you, Shalom, Shalom!~~~~