Explore the world! Explore God's Word!
In science, we've been talking about the scientific method. As we think about the universe, we humans have so many questions. That's good! God has given us that curiosity, and He has given us the intellectual ability to pursue those questions. Some questions, however, will never be able to be proven scientifically. The answers to those questions are a matter of faith. Sometimes that refers to basic opinion (sometimes with support) and sometimes that refers to religious belief.
In religion class, we have been discussing the ultimate source of knowledge and wisdom to which we humans can turn when it comes to items of faith... the Bible, God's Word. What fantastic gifts God has give us! The desire to know more and a Source from which we can learn the most important truths in life.
RELIGION: God and His Word
The first unit introduces God and His Word, setting the stage for all the units that follow. We explore the identity and attributes of God and hear an explanation of the Bible and how it has come to us. We also talk about Bible study skills and examine our relationship with God according to the first three commandments. This week, we will look at...
LANGUAGE ARTS: Life in Many Places
"Life in Many Places" invites students to think about how people and environment interact with each other and influence each other.
Whole Group Reading will emphasize biography and asking questions.
Writing looks at writing stories, sequence, and reviews the traits of writing.
SPELLING: Consonant Blends
We will be focusing on words that start with consonants. Our spelling test will be on Thursday, September 17th. Please check the Spelling City website for our current spelling list and corresponding activities.
MATH: Mental Math and Estimation
Chapter 2 focuses on how number bonds and estimation strategies can be used to find and check sums and differences.
This week's lessons include...
SCIENCE: Types of Living Things
Our first unit's big idea is, "Cells are the building blocks of all the many types of living things." As we explore this theme, students pursue the following questions...
ART: Hot Air Balloons
Students review primary colors and how to mix secondary and tertiary colors. They discuss hot air balloons, paint a color wheel, design a hot air balloon, and then paint it with all the colors of the color wheel. This process will take two to three weeks.
PHYSICAL EDUCATION: Frisbee
We continue to practice throwing and catching skills as we use Frisbees for various games. The students are making excellent progress.
A Few Additional Thoughts...
Class Messenger: In order to assist with effective communication, I will be using Class Messenger to send emails and text messages to parents this year. I need your help, though, to get set up. Please follow the link on the side of this page to sign up for Class Messenger. You will be asked to provide your email address and/or mobile number. If you wish to use more than one email or mobile number, I believe you will need to create more than one account.
Chapel Offering: Chapel offerings from the first quarter will benefit Feed My Starving Children, a non-profit Christian organization committed to feeding God's children hungry in body and spirit. Last week, students went home with a small canister of M&Ms that they can use for offerings. Filling the canister with quarters feeds a lot of people. Look at the container for more information. Also, check out Feed My Starving Children on the internet if you would like to know more about that organization.
Field Trip: The third through eighth grade will be participating in a service-oriented field trip next Thursday, September 17th, from 8:15-1:00. We will be going to Brookfield Lutheran Church in order to get involved in hands-on mission work... packing food for malnourished children in Nicaragua in conjunction with Feed My Starving Children. We want to give our students the opportunity to help be the "hands and feet" of Jesus in this well-organized, fun, fast-paced environment. We are looking for four adults to come as chaperon. They may ride on the bus with our students. Please let me know if you would like to join us.
Dress code: The students have certainly done a bit of growing recently. Unfortunately, that means getting new clothes. Please pay attention to the length of your children's shorts and skirts during this time. Our dress code states that when students stand straight and place their hands by their sides, their shorts/skirts should at least reach the tips of their outstretched fingers. Thanks for your attention to this.
Outdoor Movie: Come to school at night on Friday, September 18th, for the PTL Outdoor Movie, Air Bud.