Monday, April 16, 2007

LESSONS FROM NOAH

I am a music teacher in a Christian Preschool. We have K-3, K-4, and K-5. Our school is connected to a fine church here in town and leads right into a terrific Christian school. This is a job that is perfect for me. First of all, I think the Lord gifted me to work with preschoolers. And, this is where I feel most comfortable...sharing the beautiful world, and lessons from God
with them. I love the freedom to pray with them and talk about the Lord anytime I want. But, we do have FUN. We sing, dance, play games, paint to music...whatever strikes us. I learned long ago that in order for them to "let go"...I had to "let go". So goodbye inhibitions and pride. In my classroom...its all about the kids. And fun is had by all. We have about 300 students, and we have 2 programs each year...at Christmas and in the spring. It's time for our spring practices to begin. This year our theme is The Floating Zoo. So songs about Noah and the ark are constantly running through my head. There are very few programs that are published for preschooler musicals. So for the last 20 years I have written and compiled my own programs. This entails lots of work going through musicals and putting together age appropriate songs. Sometimes I just write my own songs if I can not find the right one. I have a friend who wants me to have these published, and that may be a possibility in the future. One of the teachers at my school got this in an e-mail and gave me a copy. I though I'd share it with you:

Everything I Need To Know...I Learned From Noah's Ark

1. Don't miss the boat.

2. Remember that we are all in the same boat.

3. Plan ahead. It wasn't raining when Noah built the ark.

4. Stay fit. When you are 60 years old, someone may ask you to do something really big.

5. Don't listen to critics. Just get on with the job that needs to be done.

6. Build your future on high ground.

7. For safety's sake, travel in pairs.

8. Speed isn't always an advantage. The snails were on board with the cheetahs.

9. When you're stressed, float awhile.

10. Remember, the ark was built by amateurs; the Titanic by professionals.

11. No matter the storm, when you are with God, there is always a rainbow waiting.

6 comments:

Di-dan said...

I've read these before and they are great lessons! I work with the Kindergarten children's choir at my church and they are great too!

RealEstateGirl said...

these are cute! I think I'll just "float" awhile!

Southern Heart said...

What wonderful lessons for living. I frequently use the "float" in my life, also....

Musicaljean said...

If you publish those songs, I'll buy them. I'm always looking for fun stuff for preschool age. It's my absolutely least favorite class. I'd take middle schoolers any day. It's a good thing I'm so good at pretending I'm having fun.

justabeachkat said...

Tonja, my favorite age to teach was the 4 year olds. I taught lots of different ages, both in Sunday School and Bible School, but the 4 years olds were always my favorite. So sweet and so wanting to please. Very loving too.

Loved the Noah lesson.

Rhoda said...

Hi, Tonja, thanks for stopping by to see me. Let me know how you like the lasagna..glad you're going to try it!

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