Day One at FUNDAC

Day One at FUNDAC…We arrive to a cement-wall enclosed daycare center and enter to find the most angelic two- and three-year-olds lining up to sing! They don’t all sing or know the words or dance or even bop along to the music, but they are so well behaved! Which brings us to lesson #1 learned from the kids – if you don’t know what to say, don’t anything at all and stand there with puppy dog eyes.


Rita working with the children with legos

We all dispersed to our assigned areas and jumped in with assisting the tías. They were so sweet and welcoming, especially when a kid started screaming, they’d welcome you to their class even more. What we all seemed to discover was that every class had a screamer/hitter/biter/crier, which brings us to lesson #2: if you don’t get what you want, throw a fit. Just kidding, lesson #2 is: as much of a nightmare those kids may be, they may face a greater nightmare when they go home. All we can do is have compassion.

Jack helping with the babies and toddlers

Jack helping with the babies and toddlers

After snack time the kids were prepared both mentally and physically to go outside and play. Woo hoo for recess! (I’m pretty sure I still get just as excited for recess now as I did when I was a little tyke.) Unfortunately, after we entered the playground and hopped on swings, we were told we had to vacate the area because of a sewage failure in the playground. The kids were NOT happy so we went to the toy room to dump all of the blocks and legos on the floor. This brings us to the third and final lesson of the day: if three-year-olds can’t go to recess, you better have a darn good back-up plan.


Hannah helping with shoe tying

Entry submitted by: Hannah

Message for the Day – Maggie: “Everybody can be great because anybody can serve. You don’t have to have a college degree to serve. You don’t have to make your subject and your verb agree to serve. You only need a heart full of grace, a soul generated by love.” – Martin Luther King, Jr.


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