Saturday, February 7, 2009

A Typical CCD Saturday

I have often describe CCD as Sunday School for Catholics, any day of the week we want. Technically, it hasn't been called CCD for years, but the term kind of sticks from acronyms of yesteryear....yesterdecade......even longer than that. Well, since I taught CCD today, I thought I would give you a run down of what we did. Then, you could all give me the nod, and say "Yep! Sunday School for Catholics, taught on a day they chose to..."

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.


sherri said...

Just took the test.I'm also a whiteboard. And I do work best when it feels like play.

I bet your CCD kids love you!

(Thanks for the heads up over at my site. I had to put katdish in time out.)

Helen said...

Sherri, I am not surprised that you tested high in creativity and vision.
I love my CCD kids. I think they return it.
(You're welome. I am sorry I was too late. I am sorry I learned how to use google. I am sorry that I can't find the Lava soap to get the whole Richard Gere thing out of my mind. Well, at least katdish made us do our own research rather than blurting it on the blog. It is my own fault for being too curious).

Ryan B said...

I'm a post it note. I guess that kind of works. I thought that I would be duct tape though. I like duct tape.

Helen said...

Ryan, duct tape as an office supply? I could see uses for it in the classroom ( I once had 38 kids, 5 of them hyperactive in the same room. I had a special reason for not keeping duct tape in my the part of the Lord's Prayer that says "lead us not into temptation..). So, what is the post it notes given characteristics.

Clyde Sdale said...

I am a calculator. I cut and pasted this from the quiz, so as not to cause you any wonder, Miss Helen.

No matter what someone tells you, you're likely to focus on facts and data.
You're a highly analytic person. You are only concerned with what you can know for sure.

You look at situations objectively, and you have no problem approaching problems from multiple angles.
You would make a good analyst or investment banker. You are confident enough to make tough calls and hard decisions.

Right on target!

sherri said...


You are this week's winner on SIlly Saturday's Photo Caption Contest at MATTER OF FACT! (Thanks to Big Al)

Come and claim your prize!!!!!!

Beth said...

I think the older kids would like the projects, too! I was always doing projects for the younger kids at the youth center and the older kids always wanted to "help," which was a code word for coming and doing it anyway, but if they "helped" no one would think they liked little kid stuff. ;) And I still like projects...I'm gonna be sad when my kids outgrow coloring and finger paints...hopefully they never will!!

katdish said...

Me too - whiteboard. I wonder what characteristics you need to be one of those little plastic bottles with the foam tops that you use to wet envelopes? That would kind of su...I mean stink, huh? (I don't want to be banned from 2 blogs in one day)

Ryan is a post it note? That's awesome!

God bless ya for teaching those kids. Fourth graders are still young enough not to be entirely wretched. (Can you tell working with kids is not my spiritual gift?)

Helen said...

Sherri, thanks, I'm on my way!
Beth, good tip. If I ever work with older kids, I can ask a younger grade teacher to let us "help" them.
Katdish, thanks. I agree about the awesomeness of fourth graders. Compared to second graders, they aren't so whiney, and compared to Junior High, they aren't so whiney.

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