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Going Off Book

It’s getting easier to get up for Seminary now that the days are getting longer again. It’s such a relief to send the kids out in actual sunlight instead of in the dark like we did during December and the start of January. They still arrive in the dark, but sunrise is just 30 minutes away, and so the sky is lighter and it doesn’t seem so awful. If only the daylight helped their tardies :) This week I finished 2 Kings to 2 Chronicles. Since we are following the reading chart (for the most part), I have been annoyed again at the manual. The reading chart says we should read chapters 15 and 20 in 2 Chronicles. They are…

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A Welcome Visitor!

I was setting up the video for last Friday’s lesson, when to my surprise, in came a student with our un-enrolled Seminary student! I was delighted! I was so distracted that I forgot to celebrate one of the student’s birthdays, in fact, but it was all good. I started out by describing the setting where Elijah comes in to the picture. Ahab is the king. But is he king of Judah or Israel, and how can they know? The kids guessed for a second, and then someone remembered they could look it up in the Bible Dictionary chronology entry I showed them the day before. Ahab was super evil, the worst king yet (see 1 Kings 16:30–33 and 1 Kings…

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Elijah and Elisha

This week started out more exciting than I’d prefer. My son had some friends over on Monday for the holiday for some sledding and games. Long story short, the visit ended with my son falling from a rope in the hayloft and a giant old metal pitchfork falling on top of him. Some ancestor of mine saved his life by bending up the tips of that pitchfork, and so he only ended up with a mild concussion and 4 staples. After suffering from memory loss for about 45 minutes and going into shock, he is now fine, thank heaven. Today he’s no longer in pain, though his neck is still a tiny bit stiff. The human body is an amazing…

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1 Kings 12, Saul/David/Solomon

After Tuesday’s lesson, I was ready for a break. I tried to find a substitute for my class, but by the time it was 4:00 in the afternoon I knew it just wasn’t going to happen. My lesson topic was “Saul, David, and Solomon: What Went Wrong” based on a CES document by the same title, but when I looked at it again, I didn’t like it and many of the points were things I really beat down during our previous lessons. The kids had been assigned to describe to a parent what went wrong with these kings, so I didn’t want to disrespect them and cut it out entirely…. Anyway, I wasn’t finding anything great to cover and I…

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Terrible Day

I felt terrible after this lesson today. I can honestly say that this is the first time I was glad to see the kids go. It really wasn’t a bad lesson, but I just could not get the kids to STOP TALKING. It was so rude and distracting. I actually had to have the worst offenders come up and sit by me like kindergartners. Horrible. I even cried after they left. Great start to Valentine’s Day. :( We talked about a student who has not been attending (isn’t enrolled) and I asked the kids to invite him to class when they see him. It turns out he’s in the class of some of our newer students and they didn’t know…

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Even though your sins be as red as the filling in this jelly donut….

Yesterday I backtracked and did 2 Samuel 7 and 9. I had accidentally swapped Bathsheba/David/Uriah thing with today’s reading when I spoke with the class about the reading, and so I went back to do this section of scripture. It turned out to be a really good lesson. In fact, it seemed to go so well I might do it this way again if I ever teach this material again. To start out I explained the class something I had learned about the purification ritual that Bathsheba was performing when David saw her on the roof. Students were asking why she was on the roof — was she trying to get David’s attention? I was actually reading something else about…

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David and Bathsheba

Couldn’t sleep last night. I’m not sure if it was because I was anxious about this lesson (which I was) or the fact that my husband sleeps at about 2000 Fahrenheit, but either way, it was rough. I got up and went downstairs to do my lesson prep before the students got to class. I had already picked out the song (Choose the Right) beforehand, so that was easy. And I knew I really wanted to focus in on the choices that were made that could have been reversed. You know I try to prepare my lessons a week ahead if I can, and so I hadn’t looked at this lesson in several days. I was wishing I had looked…

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2 Samuel 1-8

Today I taught the beginnings of 2 Samuel. We started out class by having some of the kids who either didn’t have time or who didn’t follow the instructions complete their work on the scroll. Some of them forgot their names. Some didn’t write power phrases. One was absent, and I had two visitors, so they had to start from scratch. While those kids were working on the scroll, I had the others shooting with a Nerf sticky dart gun at the dryeraseboard, where I had this giant version of Magic Squares. The students had to say the verse and rhyme for each square. We have been slacking on Magic Squares, and so most of them have forgotten those rhymes.…

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1 Samuel

I promised a friend that I’d blog about what I’m doing in Seminary for 1 Samuel, but I’ve been so busy….. Today I’m catching up, as usual. Report cards and catching up to 1 Samuel 16 This day I had a lot of material to cover because of getting back from the holiday after so many missed days. It was also report card day. Joy. I had the kids working on group activities while I talked with each individually about his/her report card. One group did an activity on music, one did David, and the other did Saul. I won’t lie — the presentations were pretty much a flop. I wasn’t able to supervise them well and their reports were…

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Report Cards, Oh My!

Quarter Two has ended for us, and so I’m doing report cards. I hate them. I hate report cards, and I do them in the easiest way possible (with the exception of just making up a grade or giving everyone an A, which is probably what many teachers do, and maybe I should adopt it…..). I grade based on the reading percentage. This time I decided that I’ve been a little harsh. Anyone who does 90% of the reading or better should get an A. In this quarter, it means that students who missed 3 or less days of assigned reading. Before now, I was giving As only to those who did 95% or better. Jared has helped me automate…

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