Monday, February 7, 2011

I love 1st graders! Week 14

You're either in tears, celebrating, or indifferent about the results of last night's game. I'm not going to reveal my stance... but what a cool segue that the first thing Greenbay's Greg Jennings said at the end of the game was "Glory be to God!"

I noticed his prayerful kneeling at the end of each touchdown, which was such a cool affirmation about the lives of some of these players. AND his end of game comment glorifying God brings us right to tonight's lesson! We learned the Glory Be!

The lessons in this book are less than exciting, to say the least. My co-teacher is brilliant and comes up with fun routines. Today I looked up the American Sign Language words for the Glory Be... what an adventure that was:

Glory be to the Father
to the Son,
and to the Holy Spirit,
as it was in the beginning,
is now, and will be forever.

I don't usually get to share helpful things with moms readers, but this is really fun! This one is for Spence Ohana who also teaches CCD. Maybe you can use this!

The kids BLEW ME AWAY with how fast they picked it up and they seemed to enjoy it! They were so quick, they could return to their seats and start filling out "kindness coupon books" that my friend and co-teacher made.

"This coupon is good for one hug."

"I will help you with the dishes."

"I will help my mom make her bed."

Several munchkins said they would make dinner... let's hope mom and dad avoid using that coupon. Ovens are tricky.

A superb weekly reminder is that these kids really retain what they learn and what we discuss. They ask questions and genuinely want to know answers.

"...but Jesus said, 'Let the children come to me, and do not prevent them; for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.'" (Matthew 19:14)

It makes more sense to me each week.


Katy said...

I was definitely one of those people celebrating! I am a huge Packers fan!!

What a great idea for the Glory Be! Cute!

Anonymous said...

I love sign language! It's so much fun, and children can remember things better if they're accompagnied by signs. Also, the history behind signs is so interesting. For instance, in Flemish Sign Language, the sign for 'father' (dad) is made by moving your thumb twice over your forehead (up-down motion). Want to guess where it came from? That's right, from the tradition that fathers make the sign of the cross on the forehead of their children ('God bless you and keep you'). I think it's beautiful that this sign still exists, even though merely a few fathers uphold this tradition.

Joel Schmidt said...

First, celebrating! I grew up in Wisconsin and have been to Lambeau Field several times. Green Bay is a great Catholic community, and the Packers have a long Catholic tradition among their coaches, including Mike McCarthy.

Second, love the incorporation of ASL! We have been using ASL with Lucy (almost 2-1/2) since she was 9 months. She loves it, and her communication skills are way ahead of her peers. It has helped us reinforce concepts she wouldn't otherwise understand.

Great post Liz! :-)

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