Competitions in Preschool - Katie Krabel
Mar 28, 2016
Every week in Preschool, we have a little competition. The red, yellow, and blue tables all have their own set of colored links at the front of the classroom. Links are added for good team effort, and taken away for *ahem* not so good behavior (so it turns out that as adorable as four-year-olds are, they aren’t perfect -who knew?).
We count the chains several times a week, and the kids keep a close eye on them to see who’s in the lead. At the end of the week, the table with the most links gets a piece of candy during movie time on Friday. This is a very big deal when you’re in Preschool.
Some weeks, the links reach all the way to the floor. Some weeks, the chains are pretty short.
A few weeks ago, in the midst of a week with very, very few colored links hanging down, I found myself wondering – are the links so few because the kids haven’t been doing well, or because I haven’t been paying attention to all of the good things? It was just a thought. But God used it, as he often does with so many things, to teach me through my preschoolers.
It’s so easy to notice what’s not going well. To let the problems, the frustrations, and the things we don’t like take center stage in our minds and cloud our focus. But in the midst of all this, there is so much good…if I’m willing to look for it. It may not be as obvious, but it’s there.
There is the cacophony of twenty-nine four-year-olds talking much too loudly all at once.
There is the sweet sound of those same voices singing “Jesus Loves Me”.
There is the snatching of erasers and pencils.
There is the sharing of favorite toys, and extra pieces of bread at snack time (greater love hath no Preschooler).
There is work done hastily without listening to directions.
There is work done with great effort, and sometimes with a beautiful picture on the back.
There are tears from skinned knees or hurt feelings.
There are smiles that brighten the whole classroom.
While the things that are not going well may grab our attention more easily, there are many, many more good things right in front of us. And at the end of the day, what matters is not how many colored links each table has (unless you’re in Preschool, in which case it matters very, very much). What truly matters is that I am focused on looking for the good in every moment. For every blessing that God gives in each day. So that even on days when the colored chains are painfully short, my heart remains in a place of gratitude and joy.
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