In Sebastian's kindergarten class, they use a disciplinary method similar to soccer. Here are the rules to the best of my knowledge:
- Everyone starts the day with a green card.
- If you misbehave, you get a yellow card.
- Corollary: If you are good for the remainder of the day, you can switch your yellow card back to a green card.
- If you misbehave while you already have a yellow card, you get a red card. (A red card may not be switched back.)
- If you have a red card at the end of the day, you do not get a sticker for good behavior.
One day Sebastian earned a yellow card for punching another kid in the arm because he was bothering him during story time. He came home with tear-stained cheeks. Interestingly enough, the only other yellow card he could remember was given to a petite girl who sits next to him. Her offense? Punching that same kid!
Apparently this system really is based on soccer, because we learned that you can earn a red card without earning a yellow card first, if the offense justifies it. The only red card given out thus far was given to a boy who cut his hair with his scissors.
Tonight, Sebastian was praying right before bed. He selflessly prayed:
Dear God, thank you for the day today. I pray that no one in my class will get a yellow card or red card tomorrow, or any other day of school. . . .
He prayed not just that he wouldn't get a card, but that no one would get a card . . . and not just tomorrow, but every day of school.
May we all learn to be this selfless with our prayers.