Second graders are learning the Ten Commandments. Some of the young ones are learning them well and are making applications outside the academic setting! Learning the commandment and recognizing it in the wild are sometimes not related.
This from Sister Regina Marie, with names changed to save identities. “A second grader returned after being out of the classroom and said to me, ‘Joe asked if he could have my pencil sharpener. I told him no, and he told me I couldn’t be my friend anymore. I’m worried about him, because I think he’s breaking the 10th Commandment. He’s coveting my goods.’”
I found it noteworthy that he was not concerned about the goods, but about his friend! Here’s the pair of them! (with permission of their parents) I asked if they get along okay with that type of interaction, she said oh yes, they are great friends. This picture was quite natural for the two of them.
In another conversation about the children and their interactions, a parent was recalling a party to which his eleven year old grader had been invited. At the party the boys pulled out their phones and most of them messed with the technology. He said it wasn’t a very fun party. I’m wondering if the host’s parents knew that was the main activity. I can’t imagine that being true. I don’t think there’s a parent around who would approve. But many of us might not think that would be on their radar, so I wanted to put it out there to be sure it is on your radar. Have any of you had success guiding children’s use of technology? Please share ideas you have.
Sister Mary Michael