This week, we shifted our focus just a bit. In Bible, we are discussing 1 and 2 Corinthians. Our main focus for the week was chapter 12 and 13. In chapter 12, Paul discusses that God has given each person who has accepted Jesus as their Savior unique spiritual gifts; even if we do not think our spiritual gift is important, we are all part of the body of Christ. Together, we make up one united body.
1 Corinthians 12:26 If one part suffers, every part suffers with it; if one part is honored, every part rejoices with it.
We discussed what this looked like in the church of believers. We cannot all be pastors; some may simply be doing something in the background. Not all are “important” body parts; some may be a toe. Without the toe though, the body will lose balance.
Not only were we able to discuss this in relation to the body of Christ, but we were able to relate it to animals and their interactions within the ecosystem.
On Monday, we played a game of predators and prey. Two students were falcons and the rest were squirrels. The squirrels had to run across the gym to get at least 3 food tokens. Meanwhile the falcons had to tag 2 squirrels in order to survive.
Each child was both a prey and a predator so we could discuss which one was harder (predator by an almost unanimous vote). We also discussed aspects that made them more successful as prey and predators, which allowed us to define various adaptations.
In relation to the predators and prey, we watched a video about how important wolves are to Yellowstone Park. Recently, these animals were reintroduced into the ecosystem, which impacted the prey but also other types of animals and even the way the river ran. When one part is impacted, the entire ecosystem is impacted.
The next day, we continued to discuss the important interactions within a salt-water marsh ecosystem by recreating a food web. The children each got envelopes with which animal they would represent and hand motions to show it. Prey would stay still, and predators would go around collecting food tokens.
At the end, we created food webs. The children got to see how important each animal was in the saltwater ecosystem and what might happen if one left.
Not only did we apply 1 Corinthians 12 to understanding the importance of every member in the larger scheme, we also talked about the importance of 1 Corinthians 13. 1 Corinthians 13 is all about what love looks like. We discussed how in Greek there are many forms of love. God’s love for us is agape, which is unconditional, ever-faithful love.
We talked about what love looks like in our classroom and how we can show more love to those around us.
One way they applied this lesson is by showing me love on my birthday. The children initiated making a card…a giant card that they got the entire school to sign. They made me a a crown, and they sang me happy birthday.
Overall, this week they learned the importance of each classmate and believer in the body of Christ, and they learned how to better show love to those around them.
(By the way, here is a picture of our Promethean board fully working, which we are all super excited about using!)