Fifth grade, year 2 – open house

September 26, 2006 § Leave a comment

School is now in full swing.  We’re in week five, and the kids are used to me and I am used to them.  So far it has been a good year.  The only unfortunate thing is that I am now sick.  It usually happens once the school year starts up, but I thought I’d be a bit tougher now.

Anyone care to share memorable moments from their own fifth grade classes?  Anything I can implement that really impacted you?

Teaching Bible this year has been really great so far, thanks to Pastor Mike’s series on Genesis at Baylight.  We are up to the flood now, and the kids have tons of questions.  It has been a real blessing.  At Back-to-School night I tried to be much bolder this time around, encouraging the parents to come and talk to me if they have any questions or comments at all about what I’m teaching in Bible.  I also encouraged them all to consider bringing their kids to church.  I feel blessed with where I’m at right now.

Preparing for camp

August 4, 2006 § Leave a comment

A couple days until camp….

J and I spent today studying in a cafe.  I’m getting excited and nervous about school starting up again.  I’ve been reading through Pastor Mike’s sermon notes to prep teaching Genesis.  What a blessing!  I am being refreshed and restored going through all of it, and remembering and knowing what kind of God we have – faithful when we are faithless, gracious, pursuing us in love, bestowing undeserved blessing, pulling us out of the mire, and on and on.

M & M came over tonight for dinner.  Good friends and conversation.  I love it.  Not to mention good food.  J actually made the Chevy’s corn stuff.  He got a recipe online, and tried it out, and also made steak and chicken fajitas.  What a quality guy I married!  (Not just for the food, but also for his great character.)

Waltke in Canada

July 6, 2006 § Leave a comment

So far class has been really amazing.  Tomorrow is the last day that we will be in lecture.  Bruce Waltke is such a profound thinker.  What does it take to come to that?  It appears to me that he has been stewing and marinating in the Word of God for decades, and much of it comes from that.  Amazing.

Yesterday morning, J and I went to pick up Vanderveen in Richmond.  He commenced to show us around parts of Vancouver.  We went to Gastown, and then to Chinatown.  He told us that when Aaron was here, they had purchased a roast duck, and had eaten it in the park.  We did the same, and it was greasy and delicious.  Because of time, Vanderveen attended class with us, and got to say hi to his old friend Bruce.  So refreshing discussing the Word with people!

Waiting to hear Waltke

July 3, 2006 § Leave a comment

Sitting in a room at Regent College, in Vancouver waiting for a lecture by Bruce Waltke on the land in the New Testament.  So much to learn.  I love it here!

Settling in

June 26, 2006 § Leave a comment

We’re back!  Woo hoo!

It was so great to be in church yesterday and to sit and listen to Mike’s sermon.  He preached on God’s great and precious promises.  It was so good.  Just hearing all that Scripture reminded me of the kind of God we have, and the comfort He provides.

J and I are clearly home.  Our stuff in strewn everywhere.  We’re both people who long to be really neat and clean, but cannot help but slob around.  What’s the deal with that?

Crafting and Exodus

November 17, 2005 § Leave a comment

Thanks for the great crafty ideas from childhood.  Macaroni sounds like a good way to go.  I will continue formulating what can be done most cheaply.  One thing project we are going to do is sew felt stockings.  We’ll see what a hazard that will be.  “Mrs. Marcia…I lost my needle.”

Today I assigned a project based on the book of Exodus, which we loosely covered in one class period (since they’ve read it over every year).  The kids could partner up or work alone (I remember hating group work as a kid), and are to create a newspaper depicting the newsworthy events of Exodus.  Two boys who are constantly creating their own projects teamed up and immediately set to work.  When I went to check on them, one told me that they had already planned out what they were doing, and that each of them had “seven tasks”.  Where do all these cool little personality quirks come from?

A co-worker taught me to write down various “biblical truths”, and tack them up on the classroom walls so the kids could think about them.  We have already put up “All have sinned”, and “God is the Intelligent Designer”, along with several others.  It’s pretty neat seeing how the kids can see where God’s truth contradicts the world.

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