Monday, August 6, 2012

A paper and VBS

     Last week was extremely busy for Daniel and me.

     Daniel was working on his last paper for his Master of Science in Applied Meteorology. He had to take off work a couple of afternoons to finish the paper by his deadline. He was writing about rainfall patterns in Mississippi during 20th and 21st century. I know because I proof read it.  He finished and turned in his paper on Thursday evening. So he is now officially done!!!! Yes!!

     In the meantime, I was having some fun of my own. I was teaching 3 and 4 year old kids at VBS. We had 19 show up on the first day. We had four of our most rambunctious children from the preschool in attendance, and we had to Brazilian boys who did not speak a word of English. I remember my fellow teacher, Lola Bennett, looked at me a said "Well, I guess it is too late to resign". We managed to get one of our floaters, Albrey Oates, to stay with us all that day. Then the next day the class was split and our friend, Martha Lavallee, came to teach the other class. To top all of this off we had to move our class on Wednesday, because the air conditioning broke in our room.

     This week we were learning the parables of Jesus. I knew I had a tough job breaking these parables down for the kids, but the curriculum writers did not help my confidence levels when they said, the following information is provided for your own edification, as it will probably be too difficult for preschoolers to understand. Oh really? Thanks so much.

     OK, the bad news is over. We had a fun week. We played with play dough, and memorized our verse Matthew 22:37 Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind. 

     On Monday, we learned about the sower. Jake, Elijah and Emma played in the sand during recreation. Emma came and complained that they threw sand in her face. I went over to sort things out. "Emma says you threw sand in her face, what do you need to say?"  Jake, "I did."  Elijah "I didn't but I tried."  Me, "Um you should say sorry." They did apologize.

     On Tuesday, we learned about the lost sheep, and the lost coin. We also learned how hot it can be without air conditioning, in the middle of a heat wave in Mississippi.

     On Wednesday, we learned the man who was forgiven a lot of debt and then would not forgive his fellow servant, and he was thrown in jail. This made a large impression on one of our students and he spent his playtime building a jail out of blocks. I should have asked him to make my visual aid.

     On Thursday, we learned about the banquet that a king gave and no one he invited would come, so he invited the poor and needy instead. I don't think they understood this parable, but I tried.

    On Friday, we learned that the kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed.  We were also behind schedule all day because we were practicing for our end of VBS program. I'd rather be behind schedule than ahead of schedule with preschoolers.

     Our two Brazilian students learned a few English words. They learned snack, bathroom, and stop. I wish they would have learned bathroom the first day, then there would not have been any accidents. They learned stop because we had to say it so often. All of our line leaders were excellent at leading our line in the wrong direction.

     I think this post is getting a little long so I will save information about our weekend for another entry.

1 comment:

  1. We all had a good time. I still have the tune to Love the Lord your God stuck in my head.