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
As I watched the sunrise reveal the fall colors outside my classroom window, God’s glory was on display. What a beautiful way to begin my day!
I drive by this cross every day and I hardly ever notice it. Today with the gray cloud behind it, the cross became more visible and pulled my eyes toward it. I wonder if we are more focused on God during the storms in our lives? And yet, He is always there….
The children are excited about the opportunity to serve children in need through Backpacks of Love. Cherie Perkins spoke to our students about how some children do not have enough to eat on the weekends. Their primary source for food is at school each day. Through this organization, children in need are given backpacks filled with food to take home with them on the weekends. Our children are learning compassion through this project. Backpacks and non-perishable food items are beginning to fill our room. Then the children will fill the backpacks and add some personal touches.
What an exciting game of Bible Trivia! The children are becoming very knowledgeable about the Bible.
As a mom and a teacher, I love this quote by Robert Louis Stevenson:
Don’t judge each day by the harvest you reap, but by the seeds you plant.
Looking for something to give up for Lent? I love these ideas!
Give up resentment and become more forgiving.
Give up hatred and return good for evil.
Give up complaining and be more grateful.
Give up pessimism and become more hopeful.
Give up worry and become more trusting.
Give up anger and become more patient.
Give up pettiness and become more noble.
Give up gloom and become more joyful.
Give up doubt and turn to God.
There is no greater Valentine!