Whenever you put elders and toddlers (that’s Sister Mary Jane Wallace with her young pen pal on the left) together, you get magic. We sure had some of that yesterday when Grace preschoolers visited the monastery!
(Of course it was chaotic and everyone needed a nap afterwards … kids and Sisters both!) Continue Reading
Recently I attended a workshop on giving praise. The presenter called today’s students “praise junkies.” Oh boy, did she get it right.
Today’s students’ brains react to praise the way addicts react to substances. They need it like they need food and water and air. They need it to feel ordinary!
Last week, Grace Academy kids and parents had a “blast” at the East Moline Firecracker Run. 🙂 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
Who is the strongest, coolest, best superhero in the world? Ask my kids. Jesus, of course! 🙂
Superheroes weren’t just for singing about, though. We used them across the curriculum. 🙂
If you’ve been reading my blog, you know I teach preschool at Our Lady of Grace. It’s simply a wonderful school, and I’m blessed to teach here. I hope you’ll come see it next Sunday (if you live nearby)! 🙂
In fact, we’re hosting an Open House for the public. We’d love to introduce you to the best school in the area, and love to welcome your children and your neighbor’s children to attend. Let me tell you why: Continue Reading
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