By Wendy Widom
CHICAGO (CBS) — Four-year-old Cayden took matters into his own hands recently by teaching students, some much older than him, the names of the planets in our solar system.READ MORE: Two Simeon High School Students, Both 15, Killed In Shootings Four Hours Apart
The students, ages five to 13, participate in an after-school program for English Language Learners who are two years or more below academic level. The class is offered through Carriage House, a childcare service located in Homewood, Illinois. Cayden saw the older children learning about the planets and eagerly joined them.READ MORE: R. Kelly Does Not Take Stand In New York Sex Trafficking Case
Educational consultant Pamela Walker tells CBS 2 that Cayden is typically reserved during class. But during this lesson, Cayden noticed children struggling. Unprompted, he walked confidently to the front of the room, climbed on a chair, and began listing the planets, encouraging students to follow his lead.
“As an educator I love to see his leadership and confidence explode this year,” says Walker. “Cayden has volunteered at the Ronald McDonald House with his sister Destiny Watson, who started a Club You Matter 2 to combat hunger.”MORE NEWS: Chicago Weather: High Waves, Dangerous Conditions Along Lakefront
Nice going, Cayden!