Pieces of Me

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Getting Ready for Preschool Praise Time

This summer, I decided to take off from teaching a full class at Preschool Summer Camp.  I want my kids to enjoy Vacation Bible School and not have to worry about running around from here to there.  I’m taking what I learned from my fast this Spring and slowing things down.  And although I think I may lose my mind, spending all this time with my kiddos, I’m excited to see what the Lord has in store for them. 
I did accept the position of Praise Time Leader during Summer Camp though.  Summer Camp at Noah’s Ark is 4 weeks of MDO (Tues and Thurs) from 9-12.  It’s like VBS, but for the really little kiddos.  Both my children are old enough to go to the full blown VBS’s this year, so we will be participating in several of them, with myself volunteering during several.  But in the meantime, I will spend about 20 minutes on Tuesdays for the month of June, leading this special Praise Time.
Usually it is not difficult to choose songs to sing.  There are 4 weeks – 4 themes – and so usually 4 song.  The first week is Space and how God Made Everything.  We originally chose the song, My God is so Big for this week, but as I was looking for other songs, Stephen reminded me of the song, He’s Still Workin’ On Me.  For those of you not familiar with this song, the lyrics to the chorus (which is what we will sing over and over again in Praise time) are as follows,
He's still working on me to make me what I ought to be.
It took Him just a week to make the moon and stars,
The sun and the earth and Jupiter and Mars.
How loving and patient He must be, He's still working on me.

We are excited to sing this song because it mentions some of the planets.  The kids are going to LOVE it!  We’ve decided that My God is So Big will be the THEME song for Summer Camp this year, meaning we will sing it each week.
The 2nd week of Summer Camp focuses on the story of Noah, but with a twist.  In the classrooms, the kiddos will be learning about farm animals.  I thought about singing the same old Noah songs that the kids all know – Arky, Arky, Who Built the Ark, etc.  But then I decided I wanted to focus on the farm aspect.  Little did I know how difficult it would be to find a song about Jesus and Farm Animals.  I had to delve into my memory and travel back to my college days.  When I was a part of Living Praise, we sang a silly song called, I Just Wanna Be a Sheep.  There are some verses that aren’t really preschool appropriate, BUT the chorus and last verse are perfect, so we will be baaing our way through Praise Time and having a blast.
Week 3 was the most difficult week to plan for.  The theme of the week is Prayer and Growing.  You’d think I’d know tons of songs about these subjects, and I do.  Unfortunately, they are not preschool appropriate.  But my sweet friend, Kim, came to the rescue and introduced me to the preschool song, How to Pray.  It’s perfect for the week, and upbeat, which really was the goal in this song.
And lastly, our final week is about Jesus calming the storm.  I really wanted the kids to learn a song about how Jesus keeps us safe.  I googled it and found the lyrics to the song With Jesus in the Boat.  This is a song from the 1940s.  I was a little nervous about finding a file to use that wouldn’t drag on and on.  But thanks to a wonderful web site and resource, Turn Back To God, I not only found the song and lyrics, but also an mp3 file.  And when I couldn’t get the song to download, the owner, Georgy, walked along with me (via instant message) until it downloaded to my computer.  And did I mention this was all FREE????  Free music resources??  Hello?  This should be bookmarked by everyone!!!
And now, the Praise Time CD is ready to go.  Our first praise time is at 11:20 which means I’ll need to get moving.  Thankfully, I’m already up, dressed, and ready to go.  Just letting the boy watch an episode of Phineas and Ferb before heading out. 
Thanks again to all my awesome resources.  Kim and Georgy, this time wouldn’t be a success without y’all!!  May the Lord continue to pour His blessings upon you!


Georgy N Joseph said...

Hi Rose,

Thanks a lot for the mention in your blog post. Me and my site are ready to serve each one of you when you all come to my website.GBU all.

Georgy N Joseph

Traci said...

Sounds like a fun June! I *love* the sheep song! That was one we did at Chapel during farm animal week, too! Cute!