Monday, January 5, 2009

Back to Reality

Well, the holidays are over. I always have trouble with this time of year, when it's no longer Christmas time, it's just winter (by far my least favorite season). All my decorations have to come down, and the house just looks kinda sad.

Not to mention we don't get another paid holiday until May. Ugh.

I taught my first Sunbeam class yesterday. For some reason I hadn't realized that for the sunbeams, this would be their first day in primary. So, almost like a first day of school.

It started off with one of the kids in my class not wanting to sit with us, and wanting to sit with his brother instead. Then some parents brought in another kid, who looked at me and then started to cry uncontrollably. I felt like saying, "Kid, I feel the same way!".

But once we got in our class room, minus a few temper tantrums it wasn't that bad. I attempted to teach my lesson, but don't think it was too much of a success. I would have had more participation from a group of deaf mutes. However, these kids are 3 after all. What did I expect? We sang, danced, played duck duck goose and still had tons of time left. I'll have to tweak my teaching method for next week. I'm used to teaching older kids who actually understand what I'm saying to them.

After a week of non stop reading I finished the Twilight series. I feel sad that I'm done with them, but am relieved at the same time. The only other books like this that I've read are the Harry Potter books, and I kept up with those as they came out. So I wasn't faced with desperately trying to read 7 of them asap.

So back to real life and out of the world of hot vampires with hearts of gold I go.


Megan said...

I wish I could have prepped you a little for sunbeams...shame on me. I knew what you had coming...afterall my Andrew had his first day of sunbeams yesterday as well and I know he didn't want to go there instead of playing with toys and he is not very good at sitting for a lesson. We will have to chat and we can bounce ideas back and forth to get some good ideas for teaching the little munchkins! I miss you!!!

Heather and Spencer said...

I suggest you read the Twilight series again. It was a very quick read for me, so reading them all a second time, I was able to read them slower and pick up on more of the details... Good luck with the sunbeams!

redstarmama said...

Try Stephenie Meyer's other book, The Host. Very interesting. I had the same can't-put-it-down problem that I had with the Twilight books.

DCuillard said...

Dear Liz: I know you will love the Sunbeams and they will love you completely. Their sweet little smiles and genuine hugs will make it all worthwhile.
Mom C

Jennifer Knight said...

My son's Sunbeam teacher taught lesson for maybe 10 minutes? She had them all make these tambourine type things with ribbons hanging from them and for like 10 minutes at the end of class she played instrumental primary songs and let them dance around the room with that. We don't share our building with other wards so noise isn't an issue. They also did lots of coloring. She also sent them little cards she made on her computer at various times through the year and I know that strengthened their bond. But how tough for you to have them on the first day of Primary! I'm sure by the end of the year you will feel like they are a part of you forever.

Liz Cuillard said...

Wow good tips from everyone! Thank you for your input!

I'm preparing for next weeks lessone and plan on bringing an arsenal of activities!

As for The Host, I think I'll get that today! :)