Okay, here's the deal. I teach Sunday school. I have first and second grade because my neighbor didn't want to teach her own kid. I respect that. However, I'm SO not used to this age level. I have only three kids (girls) in my class, so that makes it really nice, and it's nice to have more than one. However, when it comes to some stuff I have absolutely NO idea. Usually this stuff falls into the "is this common" portion. Like, do 1st and 2nd graders usually do this stuff type of thing. This week it's using permanent markers. I finally just broke down and called the neighbor's house and asked if it would be okay, if supervised. It's just so they can write something on a construction paper windsock they're making. Then my next question was about Elmer's glue...We usually use glue sticks, but in this case a little dab of Elmer's (Or school glue, or whatever it's called) will work so much better. Teaching the lessons is fine, I just have to remember to ask questions that are more concrete than I usually do. What did so-and-so do and How was so-and-so feeling when... And the differences between first and second grade! I have one girl in first grade and two in second. The first grader can read, but not well, so I'm always helping her with the worksheets while the other two whip through them, so I always have to have some fun work on hand for them to do. Then I have to make sure the older kids aren't picking on the younger one for writing slower or not getting things on the first try. I just remind them that when they were in first grade they weren't so much different. Usually it's just one girl that does the teasing and the like, and she happens to be my neighbor, so if it gets to be too much, I put her alone so she can't make comments. My neighbor has no objections. I know they are being normal kids, but last year the teacher just basically read them the story and didn't do anything fun with them, so I'm trying to change that. Ugh. I can't wait till next year when I'll get my older class back. I had that one down pretty well, even if it was only one student. Just had to vent it a little bit, as I'm sitting here getting the lesson ready. It's okay to have the shake up a little bit. The new experience is making me really think about how I teach, so that's good. It's just that I'm licensed for high school, and so the older the better for me. Generally the elementary grades scare me.