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S/O Bible School

Posted by on Jun. 19, 2013 at 8:31 AM
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 I have 3 issues this year with VBS.

1.  Today is my birthday.  I did not want to teach on my birthday, so I asked for someone else to take my class today (the first day of our 3 day Bible School).  Now I feel guilty because I don't have big plans or anything, I just wanted to relax on my birthday.  What do you think?  Selfish?  No?

2.  We have 4 public school teachers in our congregation, we have 6 homeschooling moms in our congregation.  None of the ps teachers were asked to teach but all of the hs moms were asked (repeatedly!).  This bothered me and so I asked why.  The answer was that the ps teachers are burned out and tired of teaching by the end of the year.  WHAT?!?!!  So I'm not burned out and tired of teaching?  We only take a month off and I really wanted to REST for the month.  We go on a vacation week to family camp and I really wanted to bum around and let the kids get bored.  As it turns out we have Bible school this week, next week we have a vet appointment/our school district meeting/3 drs appointments/dentist appointment/ and eye doctor appointment, the following weeek is family camp and the last week of our break is finally blank.  How is it that we hs moms are getting guilted into teaching, but the ps teachers are not even asked?

and finally 3.  It's only 3 days?  We always had a full week and a program.  I know I was just complaining that I didn't want to do it to begin with, but seriously it just seems like if it's only going to be 3 days what is the point? 

I guess I just have to learn how to say no.  I just feel guilty because I'm a board member and I have 3 little boys that go to it.  So I feel like I *should* teach.  But I am tired of coming up with activities, I'm tired of teaching, I'm tired of being surrounded by kids all day.  I just want a break.

Okay, whine fest is over.  For those of you who made it this far, thank you!

 

by on Jun. 19, 2013 at 8:31 AM
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Boobah
by Nikki :) on Jun. 19, 2013 at 8:46 AM
I wouldn't want to teach period, so I don't blame you for not wanting to on your birthday. And that's not right about the public school teachers. They get a full 2-3 months off without even LOOKING at their students. And finally, ours was 3 days too, when all the papers clearly said it was supposed to be 5. I'm not complaining, since I didn't like the 3 days they had, but I don't get it. Probably to cut costs or something but everything is volunteer, even the snacks and such were donated.
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bluerooffarm
by Gold Member on Jun. 19, 2013 at 8:57 AM

 

Quoting Boobah:

I wouldn't want to teach period, so I don't blame you for not wanting to on your birthday. And that's not right about the public school teachers. They get a full 2-3 months off without even LOOKING at their students. And finally, ours was 3 days too, when all the papers clearly said it was supposed to be 5. I'm not complaining, since I didn't like the 3 days they had, but I don't get it. Probably to cut costs or something but everything is volunteer, even the snacks and such were donated.

 Ours is 3 days because they picked a Lutheran Bible School curriculum but they are Church of the Brethren.  They needed to skip the lesson on Transfiguration and the one on Golgotha because they do not agree with the tenants.  That makes me laugh because I am Lutheran.  There are so many times that I have to just agree to disagree with them.  I wondered why they chose a curriculum with things they disagree with.  Ours is completely "volunteer" as well: snacks, crafts, and all. 

Thanks I needed that!

mommy4lyf
by on Jun. 19, 2013 at 9:19 AM
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happy birthday

I agree. Don't do anything and don't feel guilty. It's your day! relax, be lazy...

bluerooffarm
by Gold Member on Jun. 19, 2013 at 9:22 AM

 

Quoting mommy4lyf:

happy birthday

I agree. Don't do anything and don't feel guilty. It's your day! relax, be lazy...

 Thanks!  I am being VERY lazy.  I'm just sittin here watchin Netflix!  LOL

Momof697
by on Jun. 19, 2013 at 9:24 AM

Our church does 5 day club through Child Evangelism Fellowship.  They provide the teachers. We (our church) does snack and craft to go along with each day but no other one does craft. I think they are free. The missionaries (my DD is one) get supported through family and friends like all missionaries.     This year I am in charge of getting snack ready. Another lady and my MIL are in charge of crafts.  CEF sends out the teachers Usually 2 sometimes 3. It lasts about an hr anad a half for the teaching part we add on another half or so. PM me if you have questions.

Dawn07
by Bronze Member on Jun. 19, 2013 at 9:55 AM
I would have said no when I found out the difference they made between the teachers. Not fair!
bluerooffarm
by Gold Member on Jun. 19, 2013 at 9:57 AM

 

Quoting Dawn07:

I would have said no when I found out the difference they made between the teachers. Not fair!

 I have such a hard time saying no!  I'm in way too much because of it.

I agree!  Not fair at all!

bluerooffarm
by Gold Member on Jun. 19, 2013 at 10:01 AM

 

Quoting Momof697:

Our church does 5 day club through Child Evangelism Fellowship.  They provide the teachers. We (our church) does snack and craft to go along with each day but no other one does craft. I think they are free. The missionaries (my DD is one) get supported through family and friends like all missionaries.     This year I am in charge of getting snack ready. Another lady and my MIL are in charge of crafts.  CEF sends out the teachers Usually 2 sometimes 3. It lasts about an hr anad a half for the teaching part we add on another half or so. PM me if you have questions.

 I think that would be awesome, but I doubt the admins at our church would go for it.  They really believe it's the parents' place to "train up you child in the way he should go..."  They are very adamant that parents do everything.  In my old church the older teens "babysat" the newborn-2yos so that more parents would volunteer, but this church believes that those teens should be included in the classes.  Most of the older teens just don't go because they don't want to do the little kid stories, so I personally think they are losing them. 

mommy4lyf
by on Jun. 19, 2013 at 10:07 AM
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Trust me, I will do the same on my birthday LOL

Quoting bluerooffarm:

 

Quoting mommy4lyf:

happy birthday

I agree. Don't do anything and don't feel guilty. It's your day! relax, be lazy...

 Thanks!  I am being VERY lazy.  I'm just sittin here watchin Netflix!  LOL



"If the child cannot learn in the way we teach...we must teach in the way the child can learn."reading

kmath
by Silver Member on Jun. 19, 2013 at 11:42 AM

1.  No it isn't selfish to want some me time on your birthday!  Happy Birthday, relax and enjoy your time!

2.  That is absolute BS and that policy needs to change ASAP.  I would be making sure the PS parents were asked to do their part or I would start saying NO. 

3.  3 days seems weird to me to. 

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