Sometimes my organization becomes my DISorganization . . .
A few weeks ago my husband and I spent an entire Sunday evening sorting through Sunday School curriculum, punching out flannel board characters, sorting stickers, separating take home papers, and adding parent papers, putting them all into large zip lock bags and finally I dated each one so that I could easily just grab all of the materials needed for the week. Great!
This week when I was preparing I noticed that the teacher's manual had an extra lesson and that the "Palm Sunday" lesson was not scheduled until next week. So I made a mental note and skipped that lesson - and moved on and prepared the lesson intended for Palm Sunday. More great planning!
I made some green palms - took blankets to play as if we were lining the streets for Jesus to ride in on and we all had fun pretending to be the donkey that carried Jesus and the crowd waving palm branches. "Hosanna, Hosanna, Blessed is he who comes in the name of The Lord".
After craft time we gathered around for story time and I handed out the flannel board characters in order to tell the story . . . Do you see where this is going? Well I had quickly grabbed the zip lock bag dated 3-24, right? And began to tell the story - - - I kept looking around at each child's flannel board characters and couldn't make sense of the pieces they had - no crowd with palm branches - no donkey - no Jesus on a donkey - ??? Hmmm . . .
Then it hit me . . . I was NOT doing the lesson for 3-24 so I did not want to choose the neatly organized ziplock bag dated 3-24!!! Well I just had to explain my mistake to the kids - - - and gathered up the pieces - - - moved back to the teacher's book and continued with the lesson. Then I remembered - - - the stickers and activity page that we were beginning on . . . you guessed it . . . made no sense either.
Fortunately - - - preschoolers and kindergarteners don't get stressed by such matters. I on the other hand was a little thrown . . . chose to REITERATE the Palm Sunday lesson while also thinking - now what will I do in two weeks when I need these papers for THAT lesson - - -
Anyway - - - the best laid plans of mice and men . . .
Blessings in a group of kids who loved me anyway (after all I entertained them by being a donkey and crawling around on the floor with them . . . ) and Blessings in a Lord who loves us the same, on our good days and on our bad days . . .
"The little plans I tried to carry
O' Dear God.
But, I will not sorrow
I will pause a little while
And try again tomorrow."