Last week I was in the office working when this second grader quietly slipped beside me and asked for scratch paper. I gave it to her and resumed my work on the computer at my desk. She busily started writing too and thinking aloud: 2, 4, 6, 8, 10, 12, 14, 16, 18, 20, 22, 24 she said and looked at me questioningly. I said that’s correct. Then she said: 3, 9, 12, 15, 18 and so on. She moved to multiples of four and multiples of five and so on.

Most of the time she was correct. When she wasn’t sure she’d repeat her series and look at me questioningly. I’d stop writing to think and respond, “Yes, that’s correct.” Or “No, you’re missing some numbers, count again.” She wrote and recited with such enthusiasm that I couldn’t help smile inside and silently cheer her on. Wrong answers didn’t faze her; she just corrected them and moved on. I watched with interest as she moved through the tables exuding an air of “I made some mistakes but I know exactly what I’m doing, this is fun!”

Isn’t it heartwarming that our Tuburan grade schoolers enjoy learning so much they pick up a pen and paper to practice what normally is considered such a drudgery? 🙂

(Maya Flaminda J. Vandenbroeck is the Director for Resource Mobilization at Tuburan Institute, Inc.)

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