About two minutes into my third group in my Missions class at this morning's Vacation Bible School, I knew I was never destined to teach Pre-Schoolers. Bless those who are.
But while time flew by as I re-directed one inane, utterly un-related, off-the-wall comment after another, I became grateful for these attention-deficient little four- and five-year-olds. I found the extra ten minutes I struggled to fill with the previous, un-enthusiastic, un-responsive group of first graders was a non-issue here.
In the end, both groups learned, presumably the same amount. Or, more accurately, were presented with the same quantity of information - retained or not. It's just that only one group felt I was unprepared to fill the time. The others had no idea how glad I was they were whiling away class time with lists of where their families of vacationed and how many planes it took to get them there.
Then again, they're pre-schoolers. They think everyone is thrilled to hear that information.