I recently registered for the RiseUp Summit which is a free online conference for Christian educators in both public and private schools. Click here for details. You can join live from October 22nd-23rd and On-Demand from October 21st-26th. Pass the word if you know someone who might be interested!
My husband and I visited the Biblical History Center in LaGrange, Georgia. My favorite part of the tour was the walk through the Archaeological Replica Garden where full-scale reconstructions of structures relevant to daily life in Biblical times bring history to life. I recommend making reservations for the tour because the knowledgeable guide explains the culture and customs of Biblical times. The tour includes a visit to the Biblical Life Artifacts Gallery where 250 artifacts from the National Treasures of Israel are on display. Click here to visit their site. At the end of our tour, we enjoyed a Biblical meal. There are special events throughout the year. Roman Army Day is on October 23rd. What an interesting day trip for a small group or your family!
Second grade chemists created an exothermic (heat producing) chemical reaction when they mixed 1/2 cup of 20 volume hydrogen peroxide (purchased at Sally’s Beauty Store), a few squirts of Dawn dishwashing soap, and 1 T yeast dissolved in 50 mL of warm water. Yeast was our catalyst. This lab provided an excellent opportunity to review lab safety. I also introduced chemical formulas.
Before the experiment, we learned that yeast is a one-celled living organism that reproduces by budding. It is in a dormant state in the package, but we can “wake” it up with warm water. Yeast is used to make bread dough rise as carbon dioxide is released. Click here to watch an animated video of yeast budding.
In some of the bottles, we changed variables. We didn’t place soap in one and and in another, we used cold water, rather than hot to dissolve the yeast. We added food coloring in one bottle, and it really looked like toothpaste!
We learned that unleavened bread does not have yeast in it and therefore does not rise. The Bible mentions yeast 31 times. That would be an interesting study!
Deuteronomy 16:3 “You shall not eat leavened bread with it; seven days you shall eat with it unleavened bread, the bread of affliction (for you came out of the land of Egypt in haste), so that you may remember all the days of your life the day when you came out of the land of Egypt.
I want to share three devotionals that I am reading during my morning devotions. We all have more time to read now, so this is the perfect time to add something new to your quiet time with God.
I am reading the second book of Louie Giglio’s science devotions for kids. I learn something about creation every day! Your entire family will enjoy it. There are two books in this series, and I hope he writes another one!
Let’s join together and pray as a nation. If My People is a 40 day prayer guide for us to intercede for our nation. It’s a small, inexpensive paperback that is so powerful! I love the way that the author also weaves prayers from past presidents throughout the 40 days.
I was given the next devotional several years ago and I just picked it up again. It is truly one of the best devotionals I have used. Although it begins in January, I just began on the date I started back in March. I look forward to the wisdom I gain through it each day.
Online learning about rocks, fossils, and dinosaurs continues for my kindergarten geologists and paleontologists. One of the STEAM connections this week was to create a prayer rock. When you take the rock off your pillow each evening, you are reminded to pray, and then when you place it back on your pillow each morning, you are prompted to talk to God again. Look at the beautiful prayer rocks that Avery made!
Banks found these rocks when he was exploring outside. He thinks they are asteroids. What do you think?
The Lower School’s new theme is Building God’s Kingdom. If you have been through our hallways, you’ve noticed that all the welcome back bulletin boards have a construction theme. Below is a sampling of the boards:
Each year, we make the first day a celebration.
“For every house is built by someone, but God is the builder of everything.” … Hebrews 3:4
I intentionally weave biblical truths throughout our science units. The following are examples of how scripture was incorporated into the third grade Earth sciences unit.
24 “Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock.25 The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock.26 But everyone who hears these words of mine and does not put them into practice is like a foolish man who built his house on sand.27 The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell with a great crash.” Matthew 7
Why would a wise man want to build his house upon rocks? How is learning God’s word like building your house upon a rock? How does it protect you when storms occur (hard times)?
2 The Lord is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer; my God, my strength, in whom I will trust; my buckler, and the horn of my salvation, and my high tower. Psalm 18
Using your knowledge of rocks, why would God be called our rock?
I used geodes to explain how God cares less about our outward appearance and more about our heart (the desire to live a life pleasing to God). Geodes start as a hollow bubble inside a layer of rock. Over time, dissolved minerals seep into the hollow area. As the mineral-rich water moves on through the bubble, tiny crystals are left behind. Although the outside of the geode is plain, the inside is beautiful! What a perfect tool to teach this message.
But the LORD said to Samuel, “Do not consider his appearance or his height, for I have rejected him. The LORD does not look at the things people look at. People look at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart.” 1Samuel 16:7