Monday, May 4, 2009

It's the little things

I had a good Sunday.
I taught my first Primary Lesson.
Needless to say, I was terrified.
I teach 5 year olds.
And those stinkers are SMART!
Like, for reals!
Last Sunday, when I opened the book to see what I was to teach, I think I laughed out loud.
One of those deep, belly laughs that echo for what seems like an eternity.
"How the Book of Mormon came forth"
That's what I had to teach 5 year olds.
I barely know how the Book of Mormon came forth!
I think I stressed for days trying to figure out a way to teach and keep them entertained.
I'm good with kids one-on-one, but in a group...
I always told Matt that we would only have two, count them, TWO, children.
I would keep an eye on one and he would keep an eye on the other.
We would be able to man the field better that way.
More than two and they take over.
Game over, Man.
So, I was talking to some girls at work and they were wonderful fountains of knowledge.
Thank goodness.
I started out the lesson with pictures on the board along with the story
and I had them repeat after me.
Then we went on a scavenger hunt.
They had so much fun, we did it a couple of times.
First I hid the "golden plates" and they had to find them.
Then the boys hid them and the girls found them.
THEN the girls hid them and the boys found them.
I think it worked.
A little too well.
They were running all over the place, with me after them.
It's hard to run demurely in a skirt and heels.
Then we did our own translation of the Golden Plates (what the BofM has taught them)
with brand new crayons!
Mmmm....I love the smell of brand new crayons.
It smells like excitement and innocence,
with a touch of a summer day spent with friends giggling and gossiping.
I love that smell.
Afterward we finished the day off with some play dough.
It was a good finish to a good day.
I started out with 4 munchkins and I ended with 4 munchkins.
Can't ask for more than that.
And guess what?
I learned right along with them.
Go ahead, ask me anything.
I dare ya.


Allyson & Jere said...

Way to be an awesome primary teacher. I love that you put thought and effort into it. That is a lesson that those little kids will remember for a long time.

Lola....L..O..L..A....lo--oh--luh! said...

Hey! I taught that same lesson on Sunday to 5 year olds.
They are the best age to teach because they love you unconditionally.
Your lesson sounds like it went much better than mine did though. My kids kept getting off on random topics. It was funny.

The Brinkerhoff's said...

I want to come play!! Sounds like tons of fun and I bet you are an awesome teacher.

Leslie Walker said...

Kaenan would have LOVED it!! Great job!

Hey It's Di said...

I'm picturing the whole lesson thing and running in a skirt and now wishing you were my Relief Society Teacher!!

I'm joining the 5 year olds next time:)