Friday, October 13, 2006

Dramatic Reading

For the Children's Lit class that I am taking, one of the "assignments" we have to do is a dramatic reading in front of children. One option was to sign up and do one some Saturday morning at the local public library. However, that one went fast and it didn't even make it to my side of the room before it was all filled up. The other option was to do them in front of a class of school kids. The prof's wife works at some kind of private type of Christian school some, and we could do our readings there. So, I signed up to do Beatrix Potter (author of Peter Rabbit).

The guy that signed up with me (turns out he's my friend Lauren's brother, which I didn't know until today) has a room mate who is doing some student teaching at one of the public elementary schools in the city. She got permission from the teacher of the class she is helping with for us to come in and do our readings there. The thing is, we didn't do Beatrix Potter. The prof said it would be better for us to do Dennis Lee, author of such poems as Alligator Pie, for this age group (a grade 4 class).

This morning we went to the class and 'performed'. I was thinking that these poems were a little below this age group - to me they would be suited for someone in grade 1 or 2. However, we seemed to be a hit. We had the kids doing actions for Alligator Pie and one other one, and they did two different crafts for two of them, in which they had to use their imagination and creativity. One of the crafts they had to draw what they thought a 'willoughby wallaby woo' was, and the other they took a brown paper lunch bag, googly eyes and yarn cut in strips and had to decorate the bag to represent what they thought an 'ookpik' was. These were things mentioned in a couple of different poems.

Anyway, the kids seemed to enjoy themselves, and the teacher of the class said that they loved it (I guess she knows her class well), so I guess we did well. She also said herself that we did great and we should get an A+. The only thing left now is for her to email our prof and let him know how things went and then we'll get our marks - probably in class on Tuesday evening.

Things all turned out well, thankfully. I was nearing panic mode last night - not because I was afraid of getting in front of the kids and doing these poems (I wasn't), but because I was worried that the kids would be bored out of their gourds and think this was a bunch of nonsense. I prayed, and let me tell you the Lord helped.

I haven't been very 'faithful' to Him lately (not spending time with Him), which is NOT good. However, He still helped. Isn't He awesome?! Even when we aren't faithful to God, He is still faithful to us. Thank You Lord for helping me get through all of this!

Anyway, I'm off for a little nap. I was up rather early this morning (6:30) and I am not used to getting up at that time. I get up later now because I don't have any morning classes, and I tend to stay up late because I'm a natural born night owl. Oh well, c'est la vie! It all works for me - for now.

God bless and have a Christ filled day!


Prayerful Knitter - Shelly said...

I'm so glad the reading went well for you and the kids. It sounds like it was loads of fun for all involved!

Yes, he is always faithful. : )

I hope you get an A+!

Your Friend,


Bonnie Calhoun said...

Praise the Lord! I'm glad it all went well. I'd be interested in hearing about your grade for it!

Jayleigh said...

Good for you, Shelley!!! That is so awesome that you had such a positive experience.


God ia always faithful, isn't he?

Judy said...

Shelley, thanks for the 'welcome back', it meant so much for me to know you and a few others are still checking up on me. I'm glad your reading session went well. You are right, God is always faithful.

Jennifer said...

That is awesome! I did presentations for grade school kids in high school and college and had a blast. What fun!

Joe said...

Well done!

He is faithful (even when we are not).

Rebecca said...

Hi Shelley,
Thanks for visiting my blog. You really should give Pilgrim's Progress a try some day. It was written for the common man back then and it is a beautiful allegory of our progressive sanctification as we grow as Christians. The language may be a little hard at first, but the allegories more than make up for it. We are reading it in our Sunday School class right now and everyone loves it. Glad you are persevering!

David said...

how is your cat?

Maggie Ann said...

The reading group sounds so must have had a lot of fun that day. And, yes, God is unmatchable in his love of us. Hard to understand but arent' we thrilled..oh