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.

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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.

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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.”

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Nice going, Cayden!