Last night, we finally offered our much-anticipated Bible Learning Stations that I have been talking about for the last week or so and I am happy to report that it was a success! Other than the fact that they did not have enough time to finish all of them (so what else is new in the world of RE?), the experience was very positive and the kids were thoroughly engaged (as the pics below reveal). Here are just a few highlights after which you can enjoy the pics!
- We did our opening procession to set up the prayer center and it went very nicely…3 more kids brought in personal symbols.
- More than half did their homework (Bible Basics Assignment), working with their parents to recall Bible stories, characters, and books.
- Once we got into the Learning Stations, it didn’t take long before we realized that 3 minutes at each station was just not enough time. For 6th graders, a minimum of 5 minutes is needed. In the future, we may extend this experience over 2 sessions.
- Kids from all 3 classes were very well behaved and engaged. They were on task for the most part (one group of boys from my class dilly-dallied a bit too much).
- It’s amazing to watch how some kids really get into it…they are driven to learn and they were determined to complete their fill-in sheets.
- When all was said and done, there was just enough time to have them sign their names on all of their fill-in sheets so that I could collect them and use them next week to unpack the experience.
- One of my students asked if we were going to have more learning stations this year. I said we could and asked if they would like that and they said “Yes, but give us more time!” Fair enough.
- One student asked if we were going to do “sacred space” (guided reflection)! I had to apologize that we couldn’t this week but promised it would return next week.
- Special thanks to my fellow catechists Matt and Russ for being so willing to try something new and different! They each did a great job with their learning stations!