From the arrival of the first children in the Ashram in the early 1940s the Mother took a keen interest in their development. In this book the author recounts how the Mother helped her from an early age to develop the qualities of leadership and strength of character. At the same time, the book provides an inside look at the beginnings of the physical education activities. Also included are descriptions of the Mother’s work from 1950 to 1954 with the youngest children and the genesis of her French classes with them. The author has collected the dictations, recitations and poems, stories, and translations used in class as well as a record of other topics that arose. The Mother’s method of teaching and the manner in which she instilled discipline and inspired a thirst for progress in the children are revealed in these pages.