Henry and I started AWANA Cubbies at church together this year. This preschool program has been directed by the same person for the last 15 years and she decided to step down, so I took over the director's role.  It's only an hour and a half commitment (plus prep) once/week, and I was sort of itching to teach again, so I thought it would be a good fit for me.  And it is a good fit.  However, I feel a bit like a fish out of water working with preschoolers.  I taught 5th graders for four years and had really grown to love that age.  I had developed a wide variety of tricks and strategies to keep their attention and motivate them (not that they always worked, but I could usually do pretty well). 

But my goodness, preschoolers are a completely different animal.  My 5th grade strategies...yeah, they pretty much don't work with 3 and 4 year olds.  And all of those cute little jingles that preschool teachers sing to transition from one activity to another...I  don't really know any of them.  And sharing a Bible story with a group of 3 and 4 year olds who are at or past bedtime...not doing so well at that either!  Whew, I have a LOT to learn.  It's good to learn new things though, so I'm seeing myself as a huge work in progress this year.  I'm asking lots of questions of preschool teachers and am trying to absorb as much as I can about how to lead these sweet little people.  I'll find my groove eventually :)

**The picture above is horrible (I look so matriarchal in that chair!), but I never have time to take a picture with Henry before Cubbies, so after Cubbies is better than not taking a picture at all :)


Cathy said...

I'm so glad that you're directing Cubbies! That's awesome. You'll get your groove soon enough :) You seem to be so happy and doing an awesome job as a mother :) I love staying in touch with you this way!

Toni said...

You are bring a fresh, new direction to Cubbies and I think that is great! Such a service to our church and kids and parents in the community. Give it a couple more weeks and I am sure things will fall into place. And if some nights are a little disorganized or some kiddos are especially unruly, its ok. You are planting seeds about Jesus every week! And He will grow those seeds!