Posted by: janpierce | February 11, 2008

Knowing the children/planting good seed

Since this is my third trip to the hostel I have been able to learn some names and faces over the past year. But the names and pronounciations still plague me. I am so thankful for Joseph, John and David in my class because I don’t butcher their names. Poor Tiraputhi, I have called him a whole range of things trying to say his name. One clue: th=t in Telugu. The children are patient with me and answer to anything close to their name. I think it was sometime during my third week that I realized I had twins in one group. I just thought, “Boy, that kid is fast!”
I’m at the point now where I know a lot about the children, especially my second-fourth grade group that is only about 20 students. Sony is sweet, Naga Jyothi is a prima donna, Pasha has a hard time staying on task but has a winning smile. Hari Babu is a cutie and I like to call on him just to say his name. Suresh is a budding artist. And now, just when I am beginning to KNOW it is nearly time to leave. I’ve known all along that it would be this way. I’ve only been able to open a window on real “book learning” for the children. I’ve just given them a glimpse of learning by what they call here “the play way” as opposed to strict memorization and recitation. I have to go home and see what comes next. How to continue to support the children’s well-being? How to trust that the little I’ve given is valuable? It’s not so different from education in America – you don’t see the results of your work for many years, but trust that you have planted good seed. I need to be satisfied with that for now.



  1. I love reading all that’s going on, I’m so proud of you!!! I want to call your mom while Marc is in Israel, but the number in the directory is wrong, do you have her current number? I can’t find Marc’s book, sorry. I’d like to check up on her since her building is in quarantine. I miss you terribly and can’t wait for you to get home. Love, Cheryl

  2. How exciting to be planting that seed! God knows how important the work you are doing is, and He will honor that. I’m just so excited to read what you are doing, and can’t wait to see pics of all those little people you are talking about! (I have a hard enough time with names in English too, I can’t imagine in another language!) And the twins story, love it that you thought it was one and he was FAST!! So cute!
    Love you Jan! Thank you.

  3. I checked again to day to see if you had written anything new. Your blog is wonderful. It helps me feel like I am there with you. Looking forward to seeing you soon! We are praying for your safe return trip.

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