I am a quiet person, despite the fact that I work with lots of little kids all day. But kids are different: I’ve always said I can get up in front of 300 students and talk with no problem but give me 10 adults and I am terrified. Continue Reading
Month: September 2012
Green for Go … Alleman!!!
Cleaning Up with Math
This week as I was making a new center for name activities, I was mulling over the problem of students getting materials mixed up at the centers. How could I make it easier to keep things sorted?
Hi! I’m NAME!!
During this first few weeks of school, we have been working on routine and getting to know each other, and beginning to recognize our written names. Continue Reading
Fun as a Catholic Sister
Between my ministry as a Catholic school teacher and my life as a Catholic Sister, people often ask whether I have any time for fun.
I usually laugh, because – although teaching preschoolers is a lot of work too – I think I have the most fun ministry you can have.
And I laugh because – although being a Catholic Benedictine Sister requires getting up for prayers way earlier than I would if left on my own – my life here is such a blessing! Continue Reading
Happy Birthday Fun
We enjoyed our first birthday celebration of the year in our classroom last week. Birthdays at the ages of 3 and 4 are very exciting and important events, so I try to make them special at school as well!
We have a birthday treat brought from home by the Birthday Girl or Boy. (I ask that no store-bought cupcakes be sent … It looks like a cake shop has exploded in the classroom after snack when we have them!!) Continue Reading
On the Loss of an Amma
On Monday I lost one of my Ammas. Sister Germaine Cupp went to her eternal rest. She is now with God, and that is a great blessing for her … but I will miss her greatly.
Sister Germaine was a wisdom figure for me, with words of gentle compassion, hope and truth. She listened deeply and nonjudgmentally. I truly was blessed to know her, live with her and have her in my life. Continue Reading
Saturdays at Home in the Monastery
Here I am at home today doing some of the usual weekend routines that I have always done – cleaning, doing laundry and preparing a little school work. As a Benedictine Sister, I also am doing some work that was not part of my usual Saturday morning routine – at least not before I turned 36!
That is, I went to Lauds at 9:00 a.m. (blessedly later than the 6:30 a.m. Lauds of the school week!), and after lunch I came to the liturgy office to work on a Liturgy of the Hours Book for the Office of the Dead. It is a big project and I have been working on it for almost a year. Continue Reading