Thursday, November 12, 2009

I must be crazy

I went out shopping with my neighbor this morning and when I got home there was a message on my answering machine from the Thursday night CCD coordinator asking me if I could substitute tonight. Because the weather is pretty yucky right now, and because it's a 4th grade class, I agreed to come in. I figure I can avoid going out in the rain two extra times and I'll be able to help determine whether or not I really want to pick up an older grade CCD class in the future.

Since I already had to go to the parish office to drop off a lesson plan for a kindergarten substitute I figured I'd try to toss together a lesson plan for the class I'm teaching tonight. I was pretty happy that I ran into the deacon since he got me all set up with the teacher's manual for the 4th grade and he ran off all the copies I wanted to keep my class busy. I want to give a huge shout out to the Catholic Mom website. I was able to get a few things there that tie in perfectly with the lesson I'm presenting tonight.

My lesson plan is finished (it's remarkably similar to the kindergarten one I made up yesterday, just a bit more in-depth). All that's left to do is pray that I don't get eaten alive by a pack of 4th graders and that Ellie will behave herself. I hope that I'm able to have at least half the fun I have with my kindergarten class. I'm excited that these kids are old enough to read since that means we can play "Build the Church" (he deacon approved version of Hangman). So I'm looking forward to tonight but at the same time, I'm a touch nervous, but I think that's a good thing. We have to make sure the adrenaline is going just in case.

Oh and the woman who I helped out with the lesson plan is not only incredibly grateful, but she told me she wants to see if her grandson can switch to my class since she likes my approach. I really don't think I'm doing anything that special or innovative. I'm just trying to make it fun for the kids and myself. Who wants to sit in a boring class? Not me. So who knows, I may wind up with a new student in the near future. That would certainly spice things up a bit.


  1. love the Build a Church game; that is way too cute!

    hope the class went well


  2. Sounds like my life. Every day I make another commitment and say to myself, I wonder when it is going to be too much? Can you show us a picture of the build the church game?


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