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Elementary Principal Blog

Pam Finnegan

As you heard at the State of the School meeting, our focus for staff development this year has been Biblical worldview integration. As I have observed in classrooms and spoken with teachers outside of classrooms, I have been continually touched and impressed by the way our staff has been so intentional about weaving God's truths into their teaching.

Weaving Loom

I wanted to share just one example from each grade level to give you a small glimpse into how our teachers are pouring into your children.

In Kindergarten science there is a unit called Our Amazing Insides. Students study the systems of the body, and the teachers integrate verses from Psalm 139 to teach the students that God knit them together and that they are fearfully and wonderfully made.

First graders create a book in English class where they write about each of the Fruits of the Spirit and how they show that fruit in their lives.

When second graders read about animals who camouflage themselves they talk about how God uniquely created each of the animals of the sky, the water, and the earth.

Third graders read a story about contentment in their English class. They talk about being content with their life, who they are, and how God makes us all different and for His purpose. They discuss the verse 1 Timothy 6:6, "But godliness with contentment is great gain."

In fourth grade math when students study number lines, they plot their birthdays and learn that God is a God of order and reason.

While reading the novel My Side of the Mountain fifth grade students discuss and write about seeing God's glory in the natural world.

Sixth graders study snowflakes in science. They look at microscope slides illustrating how no two snowflakes are exactly the same, and how God created them to be perfectly unique. Students make their own chromatography snowflake using food color, water, and a paper doily. They select a Bible verse about being uniquely created, or what makes them feel special.

I hope that you can use these examples as conversation starters with your student about their particular learning experience. It is our hope that the seeds we plant here at school lead to meaningful and personal discussions that further the growth of the Biblical truths that you are already teaching at home.

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