I teach in a Catholic school. Where I live, Catholic schools are public and are funded equally to non-Catholic public schools. What this means to me is that I need to ensure that I'm fitting prayer and religion in to our school day. Neither are overly difficult to fit in and both actually fit in nicely with many of my students IPP goals (fine motor skills, communication, self-awareness...etc.).
The other thing it means though is that each year I need to come up with a new batch of religion activities to do becasuse I keep the same students for many years in a row (some have been in no other classroom but this one and just graduated this year or will graduate next year). My plan for the 2009-10 school year is to spend the year going through the major Bible stories and create a Binder with experiences related to these stories. Some of them will be arts and crafts that the student will later be able to touch/feel or look at. Others will be actual experiences in the classroom with explanations and pictures. Each section will also include a summary of the Bible story and student's reactions to the activities (as appropriate).
Just as I plan to post my outlines for news-2-you, I will also be posting my outlines for these activities. Really, this blog may well be my plan book for this school year ;). I'm lookingn at going through Old Testament stories (and the birth stories from the New Testament) until Christmas break and then New Testament after Christmas break. Here is an outline of which stories we will be looking at in which weeks through to Christmas break:
- August 31-September 4: Binder/Bible Cover and God's Creation - Day 1 (Genesis 1:1-2:3)
- September 8-11: God’s Creation - Day 2, 3 and 4 (Genesis 1:1-2:3)
- September 14-17: God's Creation - Day 5, 6 and 7 (Genesis 1:1-2:3)
- September 21-25: One Bad Apple (Genesis 3)
- September 28-October 2: Noah’s Big Job (Genesis 6:9-22)
- October 5-8: Rainbow Promise (Genesis 9:8-17)
- October 13-16: Joseph’s New Coat (Genesis 37)
- October 19-23: Baby Moses in a Basket (Exodus 2:1-10)
- October 26-30: Moses and the Burning Bush (Exodus 2:1-10)
- November 2-5: Ten Commandments (Exodus 20:1-22)
- November 9-13: Love the Lord (Deuteronomy 6:5)
- November 16-20: Small David and Giant Goliath (1 Samuel 17)
- November 23-27: To Us a Child is Born (Issaiah 9:6)
- November 30-December 3: Jonah’s Fishy Trip (Jonah 1:1-2:10)
- December 7-11: Angel Messenger
- December 14-18: Baby in a Manger
Anyone else out there teaching in a Catholic or religious school? Would love to connect with anyone in regards to activities that they do so that I can start to think to future years as well. Its a small population teaching our students and even smaller teaching our students in a Catholic school it seems.