9:00-9:30 Prayer service in gym with all students. Bible reading (many gifts, same spirit), Psalm response, Gospel reading (servants and the talents), sermon. None of this was led by me, though we take turns doing readings. The program director always gives the homily (that's Catholic for sermon).
9:30-10:00 Remind the students that we will be going to Confession at our next class meeting. Reviewed ten commandments, and what happens during Confession.
10:00-10:30 Used doilies, stickers, and printed out John 3:16 references to make Valentines for loved ones. I allowed them to make as many as they wanted in half an hour. In the meantime, I told them the story of St. Valentine, and linked up the idea that we need to be using the day to celebrate God's love for us, and ours for him, as well as each other. I also reminded them that if they exchange Valentines at their regular school, they should not leave anyone out, since that would not be demonstrating God's love. I reminded them that this is an opportunity to demonstrate God's love to their classmates.
10:30-11:00 Presented the idea of role models, and discussed why Jesus is the perfect role model in the context of the Paschal Mystery. They are in fourth grade. They did pretty well, but don't imagine they were throwing the phrase "Paschal Mystery" around much, even though they were discussing it.
And that, my friends, is a typical CCD class for me. Prayer service, Catholic doctrine about Sacraments, project, and Catholic teaching on Scripture. The topics change, but more or less my format doesn't. Even though fourth graders are old enough to not need the project break, I think it gives us a chance to discuss how we share our faith in a less didactic way than "Hey kids, now go share the Faith....". I am sure you know what I mean. I think I would be lost with older kids, since they would probably think my projects are babyish, and then I would be stuck telling them to tell instead of showing them how to do....okay, that made more sense in my head than in print. I'm going now.
God bless you all, and have a great afternoon! Happy Sunday, tomorrow!
Oh, I found this on another site. I'd actually be a lousy artist because I can't draw a straight line with a ruler, and I will wear purple and yellow together just because it makes me giggle, but this was fun anyway....
You Are a Whiteboard
You are a dreamer, a visionary, and a straight up idea person. You are very creative.
Even if the things you think up are a bit wacky, they often are brilliant.
You are an adept problem solver. You are always tossing around dozens of ideas.
You would make a good artist, designer, or architect. You do best when work feels like play.