With the "official" arrival of summer, we've been busy bees around here, thus, my lack of blogging. Sometimes, blogging just has to stop so that "life" can be "lived"!
What have we been up to?
Vacation Bible School, swim lessons, a trip to the movies, a strawberry festival, and a major basement overhaul...throw in two sick kiddos (the boys) mid-week and it makes for jam-packed days with lots of craziness!
This year, our Parish chose Hometown Nazareth, Where Jesus was a Kid from Group Publishing, Inc. for our VBS program. This was such a fun, dynamic, and hands-on program for our kids! I can't say enough good things about our program this year, so I'll let my pictures speak for themselves!
|Ms. Andi teaching the hand motions to "Big House" by Audio Adrenaline.|
|Ms. Allison and Baby Eden teaching the hand motions to "Beautiful One" by Chris Tomlin.|
|My sweet, sweet Kindergarten/First Grade Class!|
|My sweet boy (red and white stripes) in his Preschool Class.|
Day1: Jesus had a family...we do too.
Day 2: Jesus had a name...we do too.
Day 3: Jesus had a home...we do too.
Day 4: Jesus served others...we do too.
In addition to classroom time, where the children learned the day's Bible Verse and lesson, they rotated through three different stations: Mary's House, Fun & Games, and Marketplace. (My favorites were Mary's house (ahem, I named my daughter after our Blessed Mother!) and the Marketplace. I'm a girl that loves to shop...not so much into games!) :)
Each combined grade-level was named after one of the 12 Tribes of Israel. Benjamin's preschool group was Tribe of Asher; Mary's K/1 group was Tribe of Levi. I was her teacher. :)
At Mary's House, children heard from Mary and her Cousin Elizabeth about the Immaculate Conception and birth of Jesus as well as about John the Baptist; they learned about Jesus as a baby being presented in to the temple as well as a hurried flight to Egypt. The children also got to smell frankincense and myrrh.
My little crafter LOVED the marketplace! With a limited budget we could not do all of the available crafts, but we offered quite a few. Mary especially loved the Bead Bazaar and Olive Oil Shop. Benjamin loved the Carpentry Shop and the Rock Quarry. All the kids enjoyed "paying" for their craft with authentic-looking shekels (coins).
|Presenting their "rocks" that from their dig to make into jewelry.|
|At the carpentry shop making sheep.|
|Making a Tzedakah (charity) box.|
|Creating Olive Oil hand scrubs.|
Unfortunately, my little ones were so very sick on our last day (Thursday). Benjamin ran a fever up to 104.8 (scary!) and Luke (11 months) up to 103.1. Cool baths and Tylenol helped, but my two littlest ones were miserable. I had to miss the very last day (thank you to my good friend, Erin, for picking up and taking Mary to VBS) and so I didn't get a chance to say good bye to my Kindergartner/First Graders. :(
All in all, it was a great week, even with a couple of sick kiddos!
|Kindergarten/First Grade VBS Class 2011|