Thursday, October 02, 2008

"Cars" Awana Class

Last night was Josiah's first Awana class. For those of you who aren't familiar with this program, it is a special program for kids that encourages Bible verse memorization as well as familiarity with Bible stories and includes fun social interactions as well. In light of recent behaviors, David and I opted to be table leaders in Josiah's class in order to monitor him a little more closely. It was a good thing that we did too because he had a melt down last night when we went to pick up the cars and sit for story time! I almost had to take him out of the room, but he was able to stop hollering and sit with me and so all was well. He participated really well and especially liked the game time where they played with a parachute. The goal was to listen carefully to the instructor and when he said, "1" they would move the parachute very slowly, "2" a little faster, and "3" very fast! You might guess which one Josiah liked the best? What is funny is that one time the instructor said "4" for them to go EVEN faster and when we did ask him in the car if he liked 1, 2, or 3 better he said...4!

Today, I went over the story in his Cubbies book with him and we practiced the first memory verse. They typically take key words from longer verses and break them down for the 3-4 year olds in this class. So this week's verse to work on is: "...all...He had made...was very good." (Gen. 1:31) He has learned it already and my trick to make him do it was to teach all his cars the verse! As pictured here we lined them all up and Mater was the teacher and he taught them the verse. He was really into this and I even got it on video to share later when we finish recording on the disk and get it finalized.

As a side note, I really enjoyed helping in the 3-4 year old class. There are some real characters in there! There is a set of identical girl twins also that I found really fun as well. They were shy at first, but warmed up to me quickly and were very chatty and fun! In some down time waiting for the next activity, I even got to lead them in a few songs. It was a lot of fun! Poor hubby is getting sick though and it was miserably hot in the room and he was suffering. He isn't feeling well again today either, but it sticking it out at work. Please pray for him!

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