This video has been making the rounds on face book and emails lately, and for good reason.Our God truly is amazing.
My theme verse for my music classes this fall has been Psalm 19:1, “The Heavens declare the Glory of God.”We discussed what that means and what it would look like.The 3rd graders came up with this:A Tree brings God glory just by being himself; being what God made him to be.I thought that was pretty good.
Then this video crossed my computer screen from several different people this week and I couldn’t wait to show it to my students.I heard whispers of, “Wow, that is so cool,” and, “How Beautiful.”I had to agree.
Enjoy.Oh, and be what God made you to be.
Question:Did you see that black and white stripy fish thing?Wasn’t that awesome?
Mrs. Sloan read IF YOU GIVE A MOUSE A COOKIE to our little cherubs the other day.I love that book.And obviously the publisher loved the popularity of the book as well, hence the additions of IF YOU GIVE A PIG A PANCAKE and IF YOU GIVE A MOOSE A MUFFIN.I think the sequels are rather redundant and not quite up to par with the original so, for this blog’s purposes, I’ll stick with the little mouse guy.
If you’re not familiar with this classic allow me to lay it out for you.The scene opens with a little girl giving a mouse a cookie which leads to him needing a glass of milk.That plot line alone should tell you you’re in for an action packed thriller.Anyway, one thing leads to another until finally, after an art project and a nap, the little guy is ready for another glass of milk.And chances are, if you give him a glass of milk, he’s going to want a cookie to go with it.
I’ve adopted this methodology in my own life.You see:
When I make my bed every day I notice the rest of my house (life) looks better too.When I come home from work and my bed is made I hang up my clothes instead of just plopping them on the chair.That makes my room all nice and tidy.So if my room is organized I wash the dishes after dinner instead of just leaving them in the sink.And if my kitchen is all sparkly fresh I want the bathroom to shine as well.It’s kind of like an IF YOU GIVE A MOUSE A COOKIE style of housecleaning.
So see, everything you need to know you DO learn in Kindergarten (or Pre-K).
The idea of making my bed every day came from Dr. June Breninger.Dr. June passed away this month.She was a great teacher and example of Godly living to me and all the thousands of people who crossed her path. She will be greatly missed.
Question:What are some simple life lessons you have learned along the way?
Our first grade teacher came into the Pre-K room this morning and gave me and Mrs. Sloan this picture.
I looked at it for a few seconds, hoping Jesus had been a good boy in class yesterday and that He hadn’t received a time out from me or anything like that.It wouldn’t bode well for me to have sat our Savior in the corner.
Even though my first thought of this picture was that it was a wee bit corny, mid-way through our coloring of the letter “B” (B, B, B, B is for bear) I noticed Jesus sitting in one of the tiny, little yellow chairs.I felt the need to apologize to him for hurrying the child sitting at His table.“Sorry, Jesus,” I said.And I wasn’t being silly.I was serious.
I kept seeing Him all morning long.He sat in another little yellow chair next to me while I was painting with the kids.He laughed at me as I sat squished into one of those blasted chairs (that seem to be getting lower and lower every year) as I tried keeping the paint schmutz off of me.Even though I have a really cool apron now I still get Pre-K schmutz on me. He reminded me they were having a great time creating, learning and experiencing yellow, brown and orange (three colors that did not match my outfit) and to lighten up already.
I’m going to keep a copy of that picture with me in the classroom and picture Him sitting in the front row.Not as that “All Seeing Eye Watching You,” but as a gentle reminder of how much He loves these little ones under my care.
Okay, this whole not having a TV thing just got really tough:The Sing Offpremieres tonight.I LOVED, and may I say LOVED again, that show last fall.It is A Cappella singing at its best.And may I also say, Street Corner Symphony was robbed, I say ROBBED, of the prize last season.Well, Committed, the winners, were fabulous as well, but I loved me my Street Corner Symphony I did.If you have no idea what I’m talking about, and what in the world A Cappella singing is, tune in to NBC tonight at 8:00.
And if anyone with a TV, preferably one of those big flat screen HD ones, wants to invite me over to watch that would be great.I promise to keep my critiques to myself.Well, I promise to TRY to keep my critiques to myself.I am a music teacher and former A Cappella CofC girl after all.
John 10: 1-5 “I tell you the truth, the man who does not enter the sheep pen by the gate, but climbs in by some other way, is a thief and a robber. 2 The man who enters by the gate is the shepherd of his sheep. 3 The watchman opens the gate for him, and the sheep listen to his voice. He calls his own sheep by name and leads them out. 4 When he has brought out all his own, he goes on ahead of them, and his sheep follow him because they know his voice. 5 But they will never follow a stranger; in fact, they will run away from him because they do not recognize a stranger’s voice.”
My other “hat” at school this year, in addition to my music teaching gig, is being an aide in the a.m. Pre-Kindergarten class.Now, having been a teacher for many years I can honestly say that 4 year -old children are my least favorite age to teach.My favorite would be 3rd or 4th graders.They are old enough to know how to do things but young enough to not give you attitude because they know how to do things.
Students in Pre-K can hardly walk without falling over let alone walk in a straight line down the hall without crashing in to at least 5 or 6 other children in the process.I keep telling the head teacher, Mrs. Sloan, it’s a good thing they are cute because if one more of them makes a break from the middle to the head of the line I’m gonna freak-out.
We have two preciously adorable Asian girls in our class.One speaks virtually no English and the other has enough vocabulary to get by.She knows things like, “No.” She is really good with that word.Their mothers are the epitome of Asian beauty: flawless complexion and petite little bodies.I hate them.They are very soft spoken and watching their little daughters you would think they would be as well.But, not to stereotype, there has got to be an elderly grandmother living with them.The little girls will be working quietly, then turn their head towards us and holler out, full force, “TEACHA.TEACHA.”“My name is Miss Dana, may I help you with something.”“TEACHA.TEACHA.”“Yes, we’ve established I’m your teacher, Miss Dana, what do you need?”“TEACHA.TEACHA.”This goes on all morning.
On the fourth day of school we discovered one little boy REALLY wants to finish his projects.It doesn’t matter if it is time to clean up or not, he REALLY, REALLY wants to finish what he was doing.Or, as he very emphatically told me, over and over, “I.Want. To.Fini.Shit.”It was all I could do to keep from using my own expletives back at him, but since I’m a professional I refrained.Not to mention it is a Christian school.
Another little girl was saying good-bye to her friend at pick up time but her friend didn’t see her open-hug-expectant-arms.Her bottom lip began to quiver at the over-sight so I ran over and offered her a hug.She looked up at me and smiled and I asked her if she knew my name.“It’s Mrs. Sloan.”I said, “No that’s the other teacher.I’m Miss Dana.”Her mom laughed and said her daughter had told her that her two teachers were Mrs. Sloan and Mrs. Slawn.She was glad to clear up the confusion.
Well, my students may not know my name but they do know my voice.The gospel of John says:He calls his own sheep by name and leads them out. When he has brought out all his own, he goes on ahead of them, and his sheep follow him because they know his voice. I keep that verse in my head every morning.When they look back at their Pre-K experience, I don’t care if they remember my name, but I do hope they remember my voice.A voice that spoke kind words of love over them daily.A voice that encouraged them to keep trying and do their best even if the task is difficult.I want them to remember someone who thought they were the greatest kid ever even in the midst of being corrected.
Isaiah 40 says:Lift your eyes and look to the heavens: Who created all these?
He who brings out the starry host one by one, and calls them each by name.
Because of his great power and mighty strength, not one of them is missing.
Not one of them is missing. I may not have children of my own, but God has entrusted me with these 16 kids this year.Mrs. Sloan and Miss Dana will treat His creations with care…even if it kills us!!