Famous donkeys, Simon Says, show and tell – NYAPC’s preschool class is going strong Sunday mornings at 9:30 am on Zoom. Our intrepid teachers, Diane Douglas, Morgan Brown and Brian Dewhurst, take turns leading the class, getting between five and fourteen participants each week.
Like any virtual meeting these days, the classes combine the old with the new. The old: they start with “Bubblegum” and “Alligator” – opening songs from pre-pandemic days that give each child a chance in the spotlight (Bubblegum), and help them quiet down (Alligator). And they read a Bible story each week.
The new? They’ve played Simon Says, charades and pretended to be trees, and the class leaders have figured out how to share a virtual coloring page that the students can “color” with annotate features for craft time. Other new things: getting to eat a snack during class, showing off toys without having to share, and wearing awesome costumes, says Diane.
On Palm Sunday everyone brought palms to wave during the Bible story. “We had some great artistic palms, some palms from nature, and some creative green options,” says Morgan. On another recent Sunday Diane led a Noah’s Ark lesson, and the kids got to bring their animals and share them with the group.
Last week, Brian led the “Famous Donkeys of the Bible” lesson, which included a donkey slideshow and a chance to nominate and vote on the most famous donkey of the Bible. The winner? Balaam’s donkey! (Numbers 22:21-39)