We had a wonderful week that started with writing letters to students in India, was filled with talk, pray and preparations for Grandparent's Day and finally ended with inviting grandparents in to see our days at the Academy. It was a wonderful week had by all and I am thankful for the opportunities that our students have to be invested into by their grandparents. I am also thankful for the opportunity that grandparents have to see the life and hope that comes from the education that their grandchildren receive in the word and from teachers who care for them holistically.
Enjoy all of the pictures!
Writing Letters to India
G.O.D. International has a couple development workers on the ground who are currently working at Aquatic Public School in Gurgoan. With another team leaving on Tuesday morning for India, our class had the opportunity to write cards to boys and girls of the same age who attend Aquatic on Monday during Language Arts.
These are a handful of the students who attend Aquatic that we were able to write to. We have been praying for their education as well as their all around health this week. We will continue to lift them up in prayer.
The girls enjoy a small soccer game, which was filled with a tremendous amount of laughter.
The Big Game
Everyday, there are a large group of boys who choose to use their recess time to get really sweaty, even when it's cooler. They out their energy towards an exciting game of soccer and challenge themselves by playing with students both younger and older than them.
God is so Good
On Wednesday during chapel, I had the privilege of joining Miss Davis for the songs portion by leading all of the students in signing "God is so Good." The students did great and it was a really peaceful time to think about how good God is to us. The signs for this song are really simple, so it's was fun for them to gain confidence in it with just a few tries.
Miss Davis had students think of themselves as a future school where they were the leaders instead of the students. She had them first point to friends who are already really good at teaching their peers. Fiona (along with the four to the left of her) was one of five students chosen by their peers due to her patience and ability to teach her friends. Samuel was chosen by his peers to be the finance guy, so the teachers didn't have to worry about that. Della was chosen to be the school nurse due to her compassion for people who are hurt. Malachi was the PE teacher due to his ability to have fun and his athleticism. Rowan was chosen to be in change of maintenance for his ability to keep things neat and tidy. Since no student could vote for themselves, it was a great exercise for students to see that they already have gifts that others can see in them.
All One Body
Miss Davis also had a group of students come to the front and become the eyes, arms, legs and muscles in order to move a water bottle from the front of the room to the back of the room. We discussed the value of each part having different roles and how that task could have never been completed if they had all been legs, etc. The students loved it!
Heroes of Faith
On Wednesday afternoon, students again learned about the life of Oscar Romero. They learned that he also said many things that we could learn valuable lessons from, so we spent time thinking through some of his quotes. We also learned that a lot of artwork has been done to represent the life that Oscar Romero lived. Students then had the opportunity to paint a quote or a picture of something that reminds them of peace. Here, Caleb paints a picture of his mom. He said, "My mom is always so calm and peaceful. She makes me feel calm when I'm around her."
Oscar Romero Quote
Josie chose a quote from Oscar Romero's life and painted this picture of it. It is beautiful and represents a lot of people in the world who know many things due to the suffering they have endured. These quotes are all challenging and cause one to consider the poor and God's word.
Spot It with Grandma Glenys
Caleb's grandma traveled here from Australia for a couple of weeks and was able to attend Grandparent's Day yesterday. She enjoyed all four of her grandkids who attend the Academy as well as Malachi, who jumped in to eat breakfast and play Spot It with the Smallbones.
Luke & Gramps
Luke and Gramps pose for a picture while working on a memory frame project during Language Arts.
Caleb introduced Grandma Glenys and shared that she had come from Australia where she has always lived. He explained that she is soon moving to a new house and that she has grandchildren in Australia and the United States. It was wonderful to have her!
Grandma & Aunt
Jorah had two visitors yesterday, her Grandma Patti and her Aunt Caroline. She introduced them to the class and they had a wonderful time together all morning.
Josie's Teacher Anatomy
Josie spent some time with her grandparents sharing her anatomy class apps on her iPad.
A Card for Grammy!
Fiona shares her card with her Grandma who described Fiona as a precious flower. Fiona was thrilled to have her grandma here from Seattle for the day!
Caleb & Grandma Glenys
Caleb and his Grandma take a moment to smile while working on their frame memory project together.
Drake had four grandparents visit and they all put their heads and hands together to make Drake's model house for building class. It was fun to watch them work together to accomplish their goal. Drake loved the supervised use of the glue gun as well.
Team Muñoz Adopts Fiona
Josie and Fiona got to work with Josie's grandpa, Robert, to create a model house together. Robert was the glue man while the girls out together their own houses. They did awesome and finished the entire project!
Luke Builds with Gramps
Luke and his grandpa worked hard to finish their house project, talking through the steps and wanting to do it right. They were a great team!
Team Grandma Tracy!
Samuel's grandma helped both Samuel and Caleb build their houses. With one glue gun per two students, everyone did a wonderful job of sharing and helping one another through the process.
Crazy Face Balloon Drawing
Students enjoyed one final activity time with their grandparents where they could either draw or do origami. Samuel and Luke worked with Grandma Tracy to create some crazy face balloon drawings. They laughed a lot as they created silly masterpieces together.
Caleb chose origami as his final activity of the day. As he was working, Drake's grandpa, George, decided to sit down and join him as he worked through the process. They chatted and George helped Caleb by pausing the video when it would get too fast. It was a wonderful dynamic to see everyones grandparents enjoying all the students.