Connecting with God

I spend a fair amount of time each week preparing speakers and worship leaders for our Chapel times on Wednesday mornings.  Something I have been very intentional about this semester is trying to ensure that the students are engaging with God in worship.  I believe that even though the students are young...they are very capable of having moments with the Lord in worship.  This last Wednesday as we simply sang "God is so good" over and over you could certainly feel the presence of the Lord.  Students were being reminded while singing, to remember ways in which God is good.  You could feel the sincerity in the room.  

God truly is good, and our children are very blessed to learn in the environment they learn in.  We are all blessed to have these kinds of moments with the Lord our God where we experience his peace and presence so strong that all other thoughts and considerations that distract us hold way less priority in our minds than they did before.  It's moments with the Lord like this that encourage faith.  It's moments like this that I'm excited to keep having during our times of worship!

Language Arts Update

New Reading Log

         Attached is the new reading log with some activities for over Spring Break! The students are still competing between lime and yellow class to turn in the most homework assignments. The class that wins gets to dunk Mrs. Hartnell and Mr Ownby at the end of the semester party. Students are also competing as individuals to get to sit at the Principal Round table. The two students who turn in their homework the most get to sit on the Principal Round Table and discuss changes they would like to see happen at our school as well as what they love about our school! Remember that students need to post on Edmodo once they have done their homework and also turn in the calendar if they have marked off everyday. Students who turn in a completed calendar get extra points! 

 

Students Flocabulary Class

        Students receive a new list of vocabulary each week of sight words. They put these into their vocabulary app on their iPad and then practice these words on their app throughout the week. When students come to class they play games that assess how often they practiced their words throughout the week.  I am putting below all of the words they have learned during the third quarter. Over spring break you can practice these words with your student by having them show you some of the games they have played in class. Students are expected to both be able to read these words and to be able to spell them. 

High Frequency Words

across, against, area, become, best, better, birds, black, body, certain, cold, color, complete, covered, cried, didn’t, dog, door, draw, during, early, easy, ever, fall, farm, fast, field, figure, fire, fish, five, friends, ground, here, happened, heard, himself, hold, horse, hours, however, hundred, I’ll, king, knew, listen, low, map, mark, measure, money, morning, music, north, notice, numeral, order, passed, pattern, piece, plan, problem, products, pulled, questions, reached, remember, rock, room, seen, several, ship, short, since, sing, slowly, south, space, stand, step, sun, sure, table, today, told, top, toward, town, travel, true, unite, upon, usually, voice, vowel, war, waves, whole, wind, wood

Recognizing Patterns Words

goal, coach, toast, float, throat, soap

now, owl, brown, town, flower, shower

soil, toil, turmoil, oil, boil

wrap, write, wreck, wrong

bridge, judge, knowledge, edge, grudge

Active Learning & My Emotions

From what the kids tell me, I gather that they all really love school.  One of the reasons why is that their classes are designed to keep them actively learning rather than just having to sit quiet for hours and hours while they have to memorize information.  Unfortunately, the latter was my experience in school, but I'm glad to be able to offer this alternative to these children I get to teach today.

 

"My Emotions" is one of those classes that I think many people would wonder why it is something kids would need to learn, but let me testify to its necessity as well as how enjoyable of a class it is.  In this class the students are not only learning about which emotions they experience, but they are also learning how to identify in themselves and in others the emotions that they are feeling.  This will help the students be able to have conversations regarding how they feel rather than resort to physical reactions to their feelings.  The students love it!  They are even learning a rap song (to be revealed soon) that gives more explanation about emotions and why it's important to be able to identify them.  These kids are great, and the education they are receiving is contributing to their development as great human beings who represent God well!

 

#ClassGoals

Hello Everyone,

I'm excited for this semester.  The first few weeks have been a lot of fun, and we have been very intentional about creating an environment where your children can actively participate in their education.  I have already seen improvement in this class, and I am looking forward to working together this semester for the further development of these children of God.

One way of ensuring we are moving towards becoming more like Jesus every day is to set goals.  I would like for each parent to communicate with me regarding one goal you have for your child for this semester.  You can feel free to email these goals to me at stephen.ownby@academyforgod.org.  This way we can all objectively know what we can be working together towards.

Below is a screenshot of your child's schedule during the day so you can know where they are and what they're doing.  Enjoy!

 

Yellow Class Schedule

Yellow Class Schedule

Hospitality & Obedience

Over the past couple of weeks the students have spent a lot of time focusing on hospitality and obedience.  In their Bible class we have been reading, dramatizing, and practically exercising the hospitality that we learn from Genesis 18.  This is the story where Abraham and Sarah are visited by 3 guests whom, as we learn, seem to be there on behalf of God.  Abraham and Sarah were very kind to these guests, and in the end of it all they were blessed.

Evie Arroyo does a presentation on Hospitality as learned from Genesis 18

Evie Arroyo does a presentation on Hospitality as learned from Genesis 18

 

In Verses class a couple of weeks ago the students had the opportunity to play a game of "Obedience Twister."  This was in accordance with our "Obedience" theme.  The students had a great time with the game, and enjoyed the exercise of practicing obedience.

Learning from God

In Bible Today, I told the children a story of how a group of their teachers were on a team led by Mr. Garner traveling in East Africa, listening to the Lord, and were led to the place God was leading us to serve in Uganda.  I compared this story to the way Abraham listened to God, and was led to the location that God was going to show him.  For homework I posted an assignment on Edmodo where the children are supposed to ask a parent or another teacher to share a story of where they have learned something from God, either from listening to Him or from reading His Word.  When finished the students are to comment "hallelujah" on Edmodo to confirm they did it.

Writing Stories

In SSR today we took a slightly different direction.  I introduced the students to working with partners while in Google Docs as they venture to write their own stories.  You can definitely feel free to monitor their progress on this story, and help them write the story.  These stories will then be shared with other students to be able to read in future weeks.  The students were very excited to be able to work on a document with another person while each is on their own iPad.  It was a mind-blowing experience. If you have any questions about the assignment feel free to ask me.

"And in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed.”

Last Friday we had an incredible Bible Class as we talked about the way Abraham was going to be blessed by God in order to be a blessing to "all the families of the earth."  This story is found in Genesis 12.  As a result of this discussion our class got some practice in blessing other families.  Many of you have probably already seen this blessing, but if you haven't then you should ask your child about it.  Each child partnered together with another child in the class, and they wrote/drew a letter/picture to their partner's parents thanking them for the job they were doing raising their children.  Some kids did this on their iPad, and emailed it to their partner.  Other kids did this on paper and gave their thank you to the partner.  I hope you're all blessed by it!