I hope this blog entry finds you all enjoying your families this weekend. I saw many of you outside enjoying soccer games this morning and I'm praying that the rest of you are also taking time to rest and enjoy one another as well. It is vital for God's people to take time to rest and enjoy one another as it propels us into productive and healthy weeks of work and school. I am thankful to participate with the Lord in making his Kingdom a reality.
We have just finished our second full week of school and everything is going well as students and teachers alike are adjusting back to school. As teachers, we have been evaluating your children in many areas over these past weeks and it has been a very productive time as well as very fun for us and our students. As we jump into new content next week for the rest of the semester, students will be challenged to learn and grow, but they will continue to do so in a way that is active and engaging.
Law 2: Love Your Neighbor
This week, we discussed Law 2, “Love your neighbor.” Due to a training that I was at for Wednesday and Thursday, my class had a variety of other teachers which gave them a plethora of different perspectives on what it means to love their neighbor. They learned of Jesus’ command in Matthew 22:36-39 (I know some students also talked about this with their families in the evening, which is so wonderful!):
“Teacher, which is the great commandment in the law?” And he said to him. “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the great and first commandment. And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself.”
I challenged them to spend time at home around the dinner table discussing what it means to love their neighbor. In our class, every student has at least one other sibling who attends the Academy who is learning the same law, so it becomes the perfect opportunity to discuss the values that we share. This coming week, we will be reviewing both Law 1: “Love God with everything!” and Law 2: “Love your neighbor.” Please take some time as a family to discuss these laws and hear stories from your children about what it looks like to love God with everything and to love their neighbor.
Heroes of Faith
This week, Miss Davis introduced our class to Harriet Tubman as a hero of our faith. I asked her to write up a short description of what she talked about for you all to read so you can be involved in how your child receives this information:
“I wanted to share with you a little about what your child is learning in Heroes of Faith class for the next couple weeks. I chose the character Harriet Tubman, as someone whose faith in God manifested in her incredible courage self-sacrifice. I am reading to the students out of a book called 'Go Free or Die', which is a children's version of the life of Harriet Tubman.
Because of the history surrounding this amazing woman, the students are being exposed to sad realities, such as the institution of slavery that existed here in the United States. I am doing my best to speak on these topics with honesty yet sensitivity. This is a good age for students to begin learning about such realities that have occurred in our own nation, and still exists today in many places.
This week, we talked about 'plantations' as large pieces of property that one powerful man would own. We talked about the Africans that were imprisoned and brought over here to work the fields and do manual labor. We discussed the fact that they were not educated, and were usually not given good living conditions. The students also learned through the story that sometimes slaves were beaten, in order to make them do what their masters wanted.
These are very sad things to have to talk about, however, I am doing my best to frame them appropriately- as terrible practices that went against the law of God. We are learning about the historical moment that Harriet Tubman grew up in, and next week will continue learning about how she bravely and non-violently rescued hundreds of men and women.
I imagine that your child will (or may have already) bring these things up with you, so I wanted to inform you about the context. Feel free to email Miss Foster and I with any feedback or questions.”
Here is a picture of Harriet Tubman and I will send another update after their next class along with some pictures that they have worked with in class.
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