Teaching Reading…the Purry Pet Way

            It’s a beautiful fall day, probably the last of the year.  I had a brilliant idea:  I would invite my little guy to do his reading lesson outside.  Perhaps this would give him a spark to actually enjoy his reading lesson.  His reading is so slow and laborious, sprinkled with complaints, rabbit-trails, and emotional sighs.  So, what do you do with a little boy, almost 8, who hates to read…and doesn’t really want to learn to read?

            Right away I noticed Caleb was a little more excited about doing his lesson, but the excitement didn’t last long.  It wasn’t long before he was upset and distracted again, “Aargh.  WHY do I have to do this??? <*dramatic sigh*>”  Suddenly our pet kitty, Chloe, hopped up on the picnic table, determined to brighten Caleb’s gloomy outlook. At first Caleb was just annoyed by this furry interruption (as was I).

    …but, who can stay mad at a furry friend for long?

…a purry cuddle; a smile appears (a miracle!).  Of course, little work is getting done in his book – but work is getting done in his heart.  And then another miracle happens:  Caleb decides to be the teacher.  He begins to teach his kitty penmanship – and he sounds remarkably like his mother: “Now, Chloe, hold the pencil like this.  Start at the top and make a ~c~ like this…”  Chloe is as unimpressed a student as Caleb – but it doesn’t matter.  Caleb has a spark!

Of course the kitty penmanship lesson must eventually come to an end.  Caleb, still sporting a smile, bids his feline friend adieu….

Chloe doesn’t abandon her buddy but obligingly curls up, purring loudly, right next to Caleb.  With a light heart, he tackles his lesson with gusto, reading it like a pro.

Lesson learned:  God works in mysterious ways indeed. He can use anything to help us as we teach our kids, even a pretty day and a purry pal.  What I originally assumed would be more annoying distraction proved to be our saving grace for that particular lesson.  We do, indeed, serve a creative miracle-working God!

©2011 by Susan Kemmerer

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