Today I am grateful that my first Sunday in Nursery went perfectly. For a first day, it was like a dream. The kids all responded well to me and the changes I made to the program. I had prepared a schedule for us and the kids loved having one as much as I did.
At the beginning of our 2 hour time together, one of the children asked me if they could have snack. He asked because I had the bag that held them and was putting it up. I commented that we would have a snack later. One of the other ladies that was helping me today told him that we would have snacks right before it was time to go. I immediately took charge and nicely commented that I had made a schedule and we would have snacks after music time. She said they had done things this way for the past 10 years. I sweetly smiled and said that I had made a schedule that we were going to be using each week.
Apparently, I changed things a lot. LOL! We only played with toys for the first 25 minutes. I told them they could choose one toy at a time and if they wanted another, they could trade it. That was new. But it worked well. Clean up time went quickly and we moved to Music Time for the next 10 minutes. After that we had our snack and lesson. We learned about being grateful and saying thank you. We talked about the 10 lepers and how only one man told Jesus thank you for healing him. We then talked about all of the things we were thankful for and how our Heavenly Father has blessed us with everything.
After that, we went for a short walk. This was also very new. I wanted to get the kids out of the room for a few minutes. I told them that we had to be very, very quiet so that no one would even know we were out of nursery. I also told them they had to hold hands while we walked. They were so very good. I was so proud of them. They enjoyed the walk and getting out of the room for a bit.
When we returned, we had story time. I read them a couple of books. They really enjoyed that and wanted me to read more. I told them we would read more next time. From there we did some activities. We did some finger plays and then played with my parachute that I had brought from home. They totally loved that! I can see it will be a regular activity each week.
After that, we moved back to our table and colored some picture sheets that went with our lesson. We talked about all of the things we were thankful for again and practiced saying thank you. Then we spent some time playing with the play dough I had made for them and working with some puzzles. At about 5 minutes before it was time to go home, we cleaned up our puzzles and put them away in our closet. Then I blew bubbles for them to try to catch while we waited for their parents to pick them up.
It was fun and a great first day. There were comments by my helpers on how well it went today. I think it all just happened because I homeschool and had previously led a preschool. It is amazing how those skills come in handy later on. I am thankful that it went so well.
What are you thankful for today?