Last night I had the privilege of teaching my son’s 2nd grade class. It was our first night and we began with introductions/announcements in the church from the DRE. Then we had about a half hour with the children and parents in class. This is what I did:
I. Set the chairs up in a circle so we could do an ice-breaker/get to know you game. I used one of those beach balls that have various questions on it. The kids, especially the boys, like it (but they were a little rambunctious).
II. Then we shared with them how excited we were to have them in class this year.
III. I invited everyone over the the sacred space area where we stood around it and read a passage from the Gospel and then I related it to them preparing for their First Reconciliation. We prayed together and had a few moments of silence so they could think of one thing that wanted to change this week (obeying Mom and Dad, being kind to brother/sister, not complaining, etc.).
IV. Then we shared with parents the joy it is for us to be able to partner with them in their child’s faith formation.
It’s going to be a great year and I’m excited to be back in the classroom. Being a DRE myself and always on the administrative end I’m thrilled to have this opportunity to be a classroom catechist!
What did you do on your first day of class?