Summary Saturday: Vacation Bible School Edition

This past week was Vacation Bible School at our church. While I had every intention of doing some school in the afternoons after VBS, our week actually went more like this:

  • Wake up at 8:00 (Holy cow! We've got to be up there in an hour!)
  • Wake up children at 8:10 (Get up! Get up! You've got to eat breakfast and get dressed.)
  • Everyone inhales eats breakfast from 8:15 to 8:25
  • Get dressed from 8:25 to 8:45 (No you can not wear that to VBS. Monkey, what did you get on your clothes!)
  • Arrive at the church building at 8:58 (VBS starts at 9:00.)
  • Teach my class from 9:00 to 11:00 (Lots of fun! I always love teaching my 5th and 6th graders. This year I got asked what a "eunuch" was. This age group keeps me on my toes.)
  • Prep for tomorrow's class while trying to keep my children from destroying my classroom.
  • Get home, eat lunch, and put everyone down for a nap. (Yes, everyone, even Chipette. Teaching is so tiring, and I just needed some down time.)
  • Wake up around 4:00 from naps. (Apparently everyone was tired.)
  • Do some laundry and dishes, then cook supper at 5:00.
  • Eat supper, then get everyone in bed as soon as possible.

So, no school in that list, but I do have some great pictures and videos from VBS which I love to teach at and my children adore participating in every year!

Our theme this year was "All Aboard the Kingdom Express." I tried to turn my classroom into a train depot.

This was the main bulletin board in my classroom. It says, "Be On The Right Track."

The waiting bench for the depot. The bulletin board on the left was the list of arrivals and departures. The bulletin board on the right had some posters of things travelers need to watch out for on the Kingdom Express. And of course, my lovely passengers who posed for this picture: Ty-Ty (Chipette's best friend), Magpie, Aunt Fluffy, and Chipette.

A close up of the Arrivals and Departures bulletin board. My sister and I collaborated to come up with these. My Preacher Man thought our alliteration was quite well done!

Speaking of Preacher Man, it's not often after ten years of marriage that I can impress him much anymore. But I drew this little guy above from looking at a picture about three inches tall in my teaching manual. He was very impressed at my non-artist skills (it's just copying a picture!) and kept bragging about me to everyone!

As my final decorative touch, I turned the windows in my classroom into train cars, so that it would look like you were looking at people sitting in the train cars waiting to pull out of the station. I did silhouettes of people that were in the building Sunday night when I was decorating.

On the last day of VBS, all of the classes do a little performance for the parents about one of the Bible stories they learned during the week. I was able to record Monkey's class and Magpie's class, but the batteries died before Chipette performed.

Here is Monkey's class, the two and three year olds. He's in the train hat roaming all over the stage!:

Here is Magpie's class, the four and five year olds. She's in the red and white tank top on the right:

While I didn't video Chipette's performance, she had a really great time. She was chosen to be Haman and another best friend was chosen to be Mordecai from the story of Esther. They both had a lot of fun pretending to be enemies!

I hope all of you choose to let your children participate in a Vacation Bible School somewhere in your area. It is a LOT of fun!

Recovering from a week of learning about God, craft making, cookies, and singing in the treehouse,



  1. I wanted to leave a comment to let you know that I love your blog. You have such great ideas to gleam from, and I think we'd be good friends IRL because we seem to think a lot alike. I love the post on circle time and the planning posts! Great blog!

    1. Such a sweet comment, Shari! Thank you so much for enjoying my blog. I can always use more friends, IRL and online! Blessings to you and your family.