The Triduum is our most sacred time of year. We walk with Jesus’ apostles through the days of terror and loss. We go into silence to deepen our contemplation. Continue Reading
Easter is about Jesus and the resurrection, absolutely. We talk and sing and read and color about that a lot. The kids really get – and love – it … but they love the spring themes of bunnies, eggs and, ahem, baskets too.
One of my favorite kid crafts at Easter is the Big Bunny. I used to have my kindergartners do it, but hadn’t tried it in preschool. I worried that it followed too many steps.
But I’ve really missed the bunnies hanging on the wall at Easter time. So I began to strategize how to accomplish it. I thought, What would happen if we broke it up into smaller steps throughout the morning? I decided to give it a try. (I figured, the worst that could happen was for the craft to bomb. We teachers all experience that from time to time … and the students always survive.) Continue Reading
The kids already knew that we wear green on St. Patrick’s Day, but didn’t know anything about the saint’s life. I showed them a cute video from Veggie Tales that shared some of his adventures. Fun! Continue Reading
I love teaching in a Catholic school so much. Why? Well, it’s not the money (but then, as a nun I chose a life that would never be rich). It’s not the status either (ditto to the last sentence). It’s the … Jesus.
Take last Wednesday as the College of Cardinals burned white smoke. The whole school was excited! Every classroom turned on the TV (actually, we broadcast on our Smart Boards). We watched and discussed what was going on. Continue Reading
If you spend any time with little ones, you know preschoolers love to pretend. We have pretend families replete with baby dolls that are carried all over the classroom. We have dogs and kittens crawling around meowing and barking. We have (another) Sister Stefanie teaching in a pretend school assisted by “Mrs. Sierra,” a TA. We even have a “Mr. Turnipseed,” our principal! Continue Reading
Today started off like any school day: I got up, did Lectio Divina (spiritual reading), laid out my clothes and packed my backpack for school. Then I thought, I better check to see if school has been canceled. The snow looked heavy and the forecast was bad. Nope, school was still on. Continue Reading