Buddies bring tremendous joy to our students. Students at Muskoka Christian School have a wonderful opportunity to be partnered with an older or younger student for a time called Buddies. Buddies meet each Friday afternoon for a time of reading and partnering for fun activities. Buddies develop a sense of community among students, leadership skills being developed in our older buddies and mentorships for younger students to look up to the older ones. The connection and love that the older students show is an amazing testament to their character and the lights they are becoming of sharing God’s love!
The Kindergarten students get so excited….I mean THRILLED when it’s Friday and their buddies are about to join them in class. Sometimes they hide to be found. Sometimes they wait and peak out of our classroom door. They enjoy reading to their older buddy as well as listening to the stories they have read to them. After a time of reading, older and younger buddies in the Kindergarten room look through discovery bins, work on puzzles, create crafts, build train tracks, play in the kitchen and create letters in the post office dramatic play area.
In the Kindergarten classroom, we end the day with a time of prayer. Buddies have joined us a few times for this wonderful time of prayer together. Some prayer requests were:
- “Thank you God for my buddy. Thank you that he can come and play with me and teach me.” -Myles
- “I love my buddy.” - Lukas
- “I pray for my buddy. I wish he could come everyday to read to me!” -Hunter
Proverbs 22:6 states, “ Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it.” The excitement these children have in spending quality, God-honouring time together is a constant reminder for me as a teacher that these moments and memories they are making will stay with them for a lifetime.
I asked the parents of the Kindergarten students if there were stories that their children came home telling about an older buddy and these are a few of the responses I received:
- “Buddies are so fun because they are big kids and they read to me and they have playtime with us too.”
- “ Hiding on my buddy is so fun. When my buddy finds me I jump out and give him a big bear hug.”
- “My favourite thing to do with my buddy is to build Lego creations.”
- “I like building with blocks when my buddy is here.”
It is a pleasure, as a first year teacher here at Muskoka Christian School, to be part of the staff community and see students come together as a community of their own. I love every moment at the school so far and I am excited to see what God has in store for the future of the school!
Written by the newest member of the MCS teaching staff, Mrs. Alyxandra Brown.