Day 23: Joy

I love seeing joy on the faces of the children I teach. When I think back on today, I remember many such moments: when they were told that they were going to learn a new vocabulary game; when they saw the mini Halloween booklet I had prepared for them; when we were given a game (princess monopoly) that had been donated by a parent; when the time finally arrived for hungry tummies to eat lunch.

The joy I see in the children’s faces reflects the joy that I feel in my heart. My joy leads to a feeling of contentment and the knowledge that I am in the right place doing the right work.

photo (52)© Colline Kook-Chun, 2015

(This post was written for the FMF 31 day challenge hosted by Kate Motaung. Today’s prompt: joy)

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15 thoughts on “Day 23: Joy

  1. I love how children are so uninhibited about expressing their joy, and it’s great that you find joy in your work with them. As you say, it’s a good indicator that you are in the right place.

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  2. Colline,
    I love that you are looking for joy in your kids. As a Mom who puts her son on a bus every morning, that you writing such a beautiful observation warms my heart. Thank you for the time and dedication you put into teaching our kids and bringing them joy. Your service and love is much needed and I appreciate it.
    ~ Brie (mother & writer)
    Visiting from Five Minute Friday ❤

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    1. I treat the children in my class as I do my own – and I always hope that their teachers do so as well. The children spend so much time at school and it is important that they feel comfortable there.

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  3. To see the joy in a child smile is a great gift. I have no children around me now but when I am out in town my heart feel so good when I see little kids with an inquisitive mind and just happy to be there in the moment. Some even say Hi to me and give me a beautiful smile even if we never met. It make me feel good and full of hope for the future.

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    1. Their innocence and welcoming attitude is why I enjoy working with young children so much. They do bring happiness to people if they are open to it. Hope you receive some beautiful children’s smiles today 🙂

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    1. The booklet is on an A4 size page and is folded into four. It contains colouring, a question on Halloween, a maze (they love mazes 🙂 ) and of course a place where they can write why they like Halloween. They work really hard to finish their tasks so that they can do the booklet.

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  4. Your lovely post bought back memory’s for me when I was a Teachers aide, a little Scottish boy of about 12 was my student needing extra help, all he asked me to do was teach him to read, somewhere in his past, this part of his childhood was missing.
    I sometimes think back on that little boy and do hope he was successful in his Dreams to read.
    Kind regards

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