Sundays are bananas. B-A-N-A-N-A-S.
I teach 3rd grade Religious Ed and in this neck of the woods, Religious Ed (CCD, Faith Formation, what have you) is on Sunday mornings. This makes Sunday really hectic and busy and I hate that. Because of teaching class and the little lady’s sleep
schedule demands, the only mass we can go to all together is the 7:30 am Mass. If late masses are called the sinners mass, then surely we go to the saints mass! It’s just too early, yo.
This week I was a more than a little frantic and anxious because I had a craft planned. Crafts can be wonderful(!) fun(!) magical(!) but above all they are always STRESSFUL! The thing is, with a weekly, hour-long Religious Ed class, you have to really keep it simple and straightforward. When I was teaching preschool, I wouldn’t shy away from paint, glitter, glue, scissors, all that fun stuff. But when you only have an hour and it’s not in your own classroom, the more simple and streamlined it is the better! Catholic Icing is my go-to source for pretty much all of my fun Religious Ed craft activities and I was so excited to find that she posted a new Advent wreath craft that doesn’t involve glue or paint or toilet paper rolls or real candles or melting crayons.
I went ahead and made a tester wreath to see how difficult it would be and to work out any kinks in the process. Then I separated all the materials and made little individual baggies for all the students. This seems like a lot of work but it eliminates pretty much half of the stress when the kids are putting the craft together.
I’ve learned the very hard way that you need to break everything down into simple obvious steps and be very clear and systematic when doing crafts. For example:
Step 1: Don’t open the bag until I say so.
Step 2: Now open the bag but ONLY take out the wreath and green ribbon.
See what I mean? Very simple, obvious instructions. Otherwise it’s chaos. Also, having them repeat instructions is helpful. Like:
“Each candle has 8 colored beads on it. How many colored beads is on each candle?”
Miraculously, the kids did really well with this craft and I left with all the hair I came in with. This is amazing, considering the last project we did took us 5 weeks to complete. 5 weeks! We did the Catholic Icicng pony bead rosaries back in Octobonovember. Truth be told, I meant for it to be spread over several weeks so that we wouldn’t have to devote an entire class to the craft. I have to teach them stuff too, you know! It was very refreshing today to do a craft and be done with it all in one day!
Moving on. When I got home from class, I asked Dave to snap a picture of my outfit and a finished Advent wreath and he said “Again? Do I have to do this every week?” And then he snapped this:
And then he was nicer and snapped a couple more…
This is kind of a meh outfit, but it is slightly Liturgically correct because of the purple pants, no?
Pants: old, from the Loft
Blouse: Old Navy (not maternity but I wore it through my whole pregnancy)
For much better outfits and prettier faces, go to Fine Linen and Purple! And have yourself a merry little first Sunday of Advent!