Obstacles and Attractions

A famous author taught us that we will encounter obstacles and attractions as we follow the course of writing. This week Faithfulness saints became more aware that we will encounter similar types of issues along our course of education.

Some of this week’s obstacles were found in Math class. Order of Operations is not an easy lesson! Sure, we can write PEMDAS. Sure, we can remember “Please Excuse My Dear Aunt Sally.” We can even make up our own silly sentences to try to remember the order (we just won’t mention whose name seemed to always be given for the letter “P” or what she was always “eating”); however, actually using the process and applying it to problem solving is totally different!

Another obstacle is much easier to control or overcome on an individual basis. How do we gain knowledge? Listen to the teacher? Pay attention to directions? Listen when others are talking or contributing to the lesson? Read assignments? Complete written work? Have materials in class? Stay on task? Learn from our mistakes? I became aware that having hands-on materials to help us learn is not always a good thing. Fourth grade saints experienced difficulties with handling the peanut, finding the line of symmetry, splitting it open, and locating the embryo inside. Obstacles can often present us with lessons learned – how can I  (as the teacher) present that lesson differently the next time?

Learning attractions this week? The parent-teacher conferences held throughout the week might be considered an attraction. Hopefully parents became more aware of the reading program used on saints’ kindles. This program enables the use of technology to identify specific reading strengths and weaknesses. This only works, however, if students are actually reading and listening to the selected passage.

Additional attractions? Ask your saint about recent lessons on adversity which crossed several curriculum objectives from Bible, History, and Literature. What can they tell you about using a thesaurus? How do students locate information in the thesaurus? What type of information does it give you? How can students use the information to improve their writing? Each student was an active participant in the attraction!

How do you get saved? This has been a frequent question during Morning Meeting and Bible times in the Faithfulness Fruit Stand.  This week’s Bible verse, John 1:12(New Living Translation) tells us: But to all who believed him and accepted him, he gave the right to become children of God. Believe. Accept. Central Baptist Church is an ideal place to learn more!


What’s Happening Along Our Journey?

Our journey this week carried CCA saints to Suffolk Christian Academy where we met a Christian author. It was interesting to travel with Mrs. Cote as she wound her way from the beginning  to the ending of creating a book. She presented us with an acronym, ROAD, to help us remember the stages for writing. Can your saint tell you what the letters of the acronym represent?

The New Testament was introduced in Bible lessons. Saints have created a booklet with information about New Testament books. We will journey further into stories, characters, and events in this portion of the Bible as the year progresses. Faithfulness saints will be expected to know the sequence of New Testament books.

Science has taken us into Living Systems. Our classroom got down and dirty today as we handled magnifying glasses to get a closer view of assorted plant parts. There were a few creepy, crawly critters, too; however, we tried not to let them bother us.

Since our unit on the Scientific Method, we’ve had a jar with water and creatures in it. Saints made educated guesses about what was in the jar, and what they expected would happen. Well, today the “experiment” was finalized! Ask your saint what the creatures looked like and how they’ve changed over the past  three weeks. ( By the way, that word “change” has been used in science, math, and Bible. Your saint should be able to tell you a synonym for it. )

Has your saint ever mentioned “Morning Warm-up?”  Morning Warm-up is an assignment that needs to be completed after arriving to the classroom. The directions and steps for solving are written on the left side of the board. Saints are expected to get settled and begin work as other students arrive. This assignment is generally math. Saints have from arrival time until 8:15 to complete. When work is not satisfactory, I will often ask students to correct errors. Perhaps you’ve seen these papers in Tuesday’s folder and didn’t know what they were.

Thank you for traveling along this journey with us this week! We’ll face more obstacles and attractions as we continue our Faithfulness Journey!