Saturday, November 2, 2013

I Am A Teacher

Lately, I have been battling with myself. I am at the threshold of stepping into a very, very busy life. Not that I am in a not so busy life right now. But I would like to give my life full time to God. So in between the lesson planning, learning new songs, preparing materials, cooking, cleaning, laundry, households, GA's, fellowships and everything else in my life - I took a step back and viewed it from another person's point of view. And the battle has not yet been won over. So I will now attempt to convince my other self (the one who saw my life in another person's point of view) and pray that God will back me up on this one.

I am a teacher. I inspire young minds. I affirm, I love, I encourage, I lift up. I wipe tears, snot and all other stuff that comes out of kids. I give hugs, kisses, back rubs and pats. I sing, dance, play, and every other thing a child does. I am second mommy and daddy, nanny, playmate. And at the same time, I also observe, assess and plan.

I am a teacher. And this is how I serve God. I will not be distracted. I practice patience and self-control. I use my words to uplift and encourage. With this, I pray that I am glorifying Him. I am exposed to sickness all the time. I put my own needs last when I am in the classroom (like going to the bathroom). I am constantly denying myself. I pray that this purifies and sanctifies me and that the Lord watch over my health.
I am a teacher. And I do this because I believe that children are a gift from God. They are our future. This is my calling. This is what God wants me to do. My constant prayer is that He guide me and lead me to where I would be able to glorify and serve Him to the fullest of my ability.

When I stand before God at the end of my life, I would hope that I would not have a single bit of talent left, and could say, 'I used everything you gave me'.

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Fish In A Bowl

So I have not been blogging lately.
I check my stats once in a while and a few months ago I noticed I get a lot of pageviews.
And here is where I get them from.
A huge THANK YOU! for linking....

We tried the Easy Fishbowl Craft for Preschoolers today.

We painted our small paper plate with blue tempera paint.
Watercolor can be used too, and has a nice uneven effect.
Sprinkle on some blue, green or silver glitter and your fishbowl would be sparkling!

 Then we glued on red mung beans (its what we had on hand).

Thank you again Daisy Cottage Designs for the inspiration and thank you too, The Cutest Blog on The Block!
Linking the 'love' back to you.

Sunday, June 30, 2013

Umbrella Craft

I brought an umbrella to class during our 4 Season Theme. The kids loved it! We pretended to go out in a drizzle, then rain, then heavy rain and finally a storm. We imagined being dragged up, up, up in the air! 
Everyone wanted a turn to hold the umbrella. And when it was time to keep it, the kids begged to play with it more. 
So while I allowed them to explore more of the umbrella, I prepared a quick craft activity. 

I drew an umbrella and took out some craft sticks for handles.
You can download the template here.
Then some of the kids noticed what I was doing so We started painting.

We let it dry while we ate our snacks. I then cut out the umbrella and taped the craft stick on it.
Each kid had his/ her own umbrella!

Its time to go out in the rain!
But of course we have to pretend.
Rain seldom falls here in Qatar.

Download the umbrella template and make your own.

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