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I Am Special

Posted by on 17 September 2008

It’s my intention to post my CCD/religious education lesson that I did with my students tonight.  However, my knee is killing me and I’m trying to keep it wrapped nice and warm under a blankie.  Plus, I’m pretty tired.  Please stay tuned for me to update this post tomorrow and share some of the stuff I worked on with my class tonight.

I also apologize for not replying to comments today.  It was a busy homeschool day and then CCD tonight.  I promise I’ll get back to you all as soon as I have a free minute tomorrow.  Your comments mean alot to me and I cherish all of them.

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WOW!!  I can’t believe that I missed Wordless Wednesday and Thursday Thirteen!!

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So, for my I am Special/God Made Me lesson, the kids really had fun.  The first thing that I do is pass a mirror around and have each student look in it.  I then ask, “what did you see?” and “do you look like anyone else?” and I get varied answers. 

One of the worksheets I use is All About Me from Crayola.  They color it to match their hair, eyes and skin.  I even try to get the to color their clothes to what they’re wearing for that class.  We practiced the “I Am Special” song found here and here, about half way down the page.  It didn’t take them long to get the actions down because it’s fairly simple and a tune that they know.  We then went to sing to the Primary II (1st grade) class next door.  They loved it and then did a song for us and had us join in.  Next, we went over to the office and sang for DRE and her assistant.  They did great!!  They even got a lollipop for their performance!! 

The final thing that we did was to do im-thumbody-special craft project.  I put a line on the top of the page for each student to write their name.  I also copied this to an off white/tan paper for skin tone.  I then had the kids put their thumb on an ink pad.  They made their eyes and nose with their thumb print.  Then they picked a color for the mouth and I stuck the whole side of their pinkie on the ink pad.  They laid that on the paper and it made a smile.  After that, we took the paper back to the table and colored our hair and earrings for girls that had them. 

Finally, I tie “I am Special/God Made Me” to Joseph.  Joseph was special to his father and that’s why he receieved the Coat of Many Colors.  That’s also why his brothers were jealous and tried to kill him.  However, Joseph was special to God as well.  That’s why he survived it all and became a strong figure in Egypt.  Joseph became a man of power because of his belief in God and being chosen by God.  There’s many books that have the story of Joseph and his Coat of Many Colors.  Last night, I used Bible Stories to Draw and Tell.  We also did a hidden picture and maze from one of my many workbooks.

The kids really loved the lesson.  I could tell because they were so happy and asked for more!!  I think the thumb print craft was their favorite.  They all went home with a bit of an ink stain, but it was worth it!!

11 Responses to I Am Special

  1. Elaine-

    speaking of comments lol i had to delete the one where you stuck up for me on my pblog lol sorry about that, my brother said to me ‘why are you yelling at people if you want comments?’ haha i didn’t think people would think it was me! hope your knee feels better, have a good sleep

  2. Laura

    I hope your knee is better soon!

    Please post your lesson when you can. I have to do a Jesus Loves Me/Let The Children Come To Me etc. lesson in January. Our CCD classes are now longer (one hour and 15 minutes) so I need to bum a few ideas off you. LOL!

  3. Tammy Warren

    Take care of yourself first. We all know a house crashes if the mother does not function.

  4. Elaine

    I reposted the comment, but I added @ Commotion to my name. Your brother should know, as well as anyone else that blogs that you can click on a name in a comment and finds out who says it.

    Second, any blog owner does have the right to give a butt chewing to any commentr. Especially if that commentor doesn’t have anything nice to say.

    For your sake, I’ll continue to add that to my name although I think it’s a bit silly. The knee will be fine if I keep it warm….it’s just arthritis. Thanks for the concern, kindred Elaine.

  5. Elaine

    It’ll be alright, Laura. Kiddo dislocated it when she was little by jumping on the bed and landing on it. Now I have arthritis in it. Would have happened anyway, but not getting proper treatment on post didn’t help.

    I’m working on a way to share the lesson now. As kiddo does her lessons, I type a little!! LOL

  6. Elaine

    You’re right, Tammy it does. Change in the weather and an “old” knee injury wears me down sometimes. I do miss my friends though. I’ll catch up soon!!

  7. Laura

    Great lesson! My students hate to sing. I don’t know why. I think it’s rather strange.

    How I love those hidden pictures and mazes! I think I enjoy them more than the kids. 🙂

  8. Elaine

    I’ve never known little ones that didn’t like to sing. That is odd. They might tend to be shy, but they still love to sing and the attention it gets. Mine were all beaming last night!!

    I like doing both too. I have a smart group this year and they actually find their way on these simple mazes. Previously, it’s been alot of scribbles!! One of my girls whipped through the hidden picture. She knew them all before others had a chance!!

  9. Elaine-

    awww, those sound like fun lessons!! you’re such a good mummy! I love the story of Joseph, God even told me that I was like Joseph, not in the way that i’m ‘so special’ but he told me coz i have had to wait so long for my healing and stuff so God said I was like Joseph, coz Joseph had to wait 13 years or something, while in prison and such…

  10. Debbie

    I’m glad you posted this. I forget how fun it is to work with little ones. I just have the attitude and whinyness with my group. They never want to do crafts or read. About the only thing that perks them up is a competitive game. Old farts!

  11. Elaine

    Elaine, these lessons aren’t for my daughter. I wish they were!! LOL This is for a religion class that I teach to 4 & 5 year olds. Next to my family, that’s one of my passions!! I love teaching the little ones!!

    Debbie, they are so much fun. Especially the group I have this year. I just wouldn’t know what to do with older kids. I mean, I have a tween, but to teach them religion is different. I love the little ones!!

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